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The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  10 April 1938 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry K. Barnes ...
Sophie Stewart ...
Margaretta Scott ...
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Francis Lister ...
Anthony Bushell ...
Patrick Barr ...
David Tree ...
John Counsell ...
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 ...
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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>

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10 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Pimpinella Escarlate  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

Maximilien de Robespierre: Poor young Tallien. No Theresia, no heart. Soon no head
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Connections

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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
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Pity about Robespierre!
26 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

A rather tame yet amusing sequel to the Howard/Oberon movie. Sophie Stewart plays Marguerite Blakeney without a vestige of a French accent. Barry Barnes is passable as the eponymous hero. Anthony Bushell repeats his role as Sir Andrew Ffoulkes, and a youthful James Mason plays a minor role with his normal suavity. Raymond Massey is sorely missed as Chauvelin. His place is taken by a somewhat hammy Francis Lister.

The whole piece is not so much swash and buckle as tosh and truckle. However it's still enjoyable. What amused me most of all was the casting of the role of Robespierre. A 46 year old Henry Oscar was made up to look an older 56 or so, when he should have been made to look younger. Robespierre was only 36 years old when he went to the guillotine.


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