MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 16,022 this week

Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)

5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 134 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 1 critic

Paris is Burning! Under the Iron Fist of Robespierre hundreds are executed, by the swift and bloodstained guillotine. Through these acts of injustice a new heroism is born - The League of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Director:

(as Hans Schwartz)

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5160 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 599 titles
created 15 Jun 2012
 
a list of 386 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 23 titles
created 04 Aug 2013
 
a list of 204 titles
created 20 Sep 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)

Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Vivien Leigh
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

17th-century beauty Barbara Worth starts her career of crime by stealing her best friend's bridegroom. Her next exploit is to recover gambling losses by donning mask and cloak and taking to... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Arliss
Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Patricia Roc
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Val Guest
Stars: Arthur Askey, Evelyn Dall, Anne Shelton
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After a brutish, hedonistic Marquis marries a pretty young Clarissa to act as a 'brood sow,' he begins an affair with her friend who plots to take her place.

Director: Leslie Arliss
Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Phyllis Calvert
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Arliss
Stars: James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare
Madame Bovary (1949)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin
Man of Evil (1944)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Returning to 1870's London after finishing at boarding school, Fanny winesses the death of her father in a fight with Lord Manderstoke. She then finds that her family has for many years ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Phyllis Calvert, James Mason, Ann Stephens
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Una O'Connor, Eileen Ashe, Jeanne Macintyre
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The film is based on the novel of the same name by A. J. Cronin. The year is 1880. On the outskirts of the fictional small Scottish town of Levenford there stands a strange building... See full synopsis »

Director: Lance Comfort
Stars: Robert Newton, Deborah Kerr, James Mason
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A general of the old school, who believes strongly in his own honour and sense of duty, must come to terms with a crime he commited years earlier, during the Irish War for Independence in 1921.

Director: Thorold Dickinson
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lucie Mannheim, Steven Geray
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Albert Parker
Stars: Basil Sydney, Enid Stamp-Taylor, Barbara Greene
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry K. Barnes ...
Sophie Stewart ...
Margaretta Scott ...
...
Francis Lister ...
Anthony Bushell ...
Patrick Barr ...
David Tree ...
Lord Harry Denning
John Counsell ...
Sir John Selton
Henry Oscar ...
Hugh Miller ...
De Calmet, Robespierre's Secretary
Allan Jeayes ...
Judge of the Tribunal
O.B. Clarence ...
De Marre
George Merritt ...
Chief of Police
Evelyn Roberts ...
Edit

Storyline

Sir Percy Blakeney(in the guise of the masked Scarlet Pimpernel), an Englishman who with the aid of a band of his friends, is engaged in spiriting FRench aristocrats across the English Channel to escape the guillotine. Robespierre, the ruthless revolutionary, informs the chief of the police he must capture the Scarlet Pimpernel or lose his own head to the blade. Blakeley's wife is abducted and taken to France forcing him to follow in a rescue attempt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Pimpinella Escarlate  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the footage and some of the sets from The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) are re-used in this film. See more »

Goofs

The name "Brighton" dates from 1810. In 1792 the town was called "Brighthelmstone." See more »

Quotes

Sir Percy Blakeney: I can save my wife only if we save France. For I love France, and I love the loveliest of all French women, my wife - more than anything else in the world.
See more »

Connections

Follows The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Here's a Health unto His Majesty
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Sir Percy Blakeney, Sir Andrew Ffoulkes and the rest of the Scarlet Pimpernel's team
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Still The Elusive Pimpernel
30 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Barry K. Barnes continues in the fine foppish tradition that Leslie Howard set in The Scarlet Pimpernel. I suspect that Howard was over on this side of the pond on Broadway or in Hollywood or he probably would have done this sequel.

Even though his identity as Regency fop Sir Percy Blakeney is now known to one and all, in The Return Of The Scarlet Pimpernel Barnes is still operating a rescue service to one and all who have fallen afoul of the French Revolution. Things have gotten worse over in France though and the Reign Of Terror under Robespierre is now in high gear as the fanatical and psychotic Robespierre is guillotining everyone whom he even THINKS might be against him.

Francis Lister plays a far different Chauvelin than the revolutionary true believer that Raymond Massey did. Lister is trying to compete with Barnes in the wit department and making a not bad stab at it. Still he comes up way short every time.

He uses the same gambit to try to trap Barnes as in the first Pimpernel film. Lister has French actress Margharetta Scott go to Great Britain as an exile and she induces Barnes's wife Sophie Stewart who is French to follow her on a pretext. No going to France this time, some paid thugs just kidnap Stewart and spirit her back to France. So Barnes has to assemble his crew and work another rescue.

This time however there are rumblings of discontent against Robespierre and the Terror. Barnes enlists the aid of a prominent member of the National Assembly in his cause. James Mason plays that part in one of his earliest film roles and one that got him his first real notice with the movie-going public.

Barnes and Stewart are good substitutes for Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon from the original. I truly do miss Raymond Massey as Chauvelin as did others. The Return Of The Scarlet Pimpernel still holds up well as entertainment and a portrait of some terrible times in France.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?