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'Pimpernel' Smith (1941)

Passed  -  Adventure | Comedy | Drama  -  28 July 1941 (UK)
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Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan Jeayes ...
Dr. Benckendorf
Peter Gawthorne ...
Sidimir Koslowski
Ernest Butcher ...
Weber
Hugh McDermott ...
David Maxwell
Ben Williams ...
Graubitz
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Prof. Horatio Smith
Arthur Hambling ...
Jordan
Joan Kemp-Welch ...
Schoolteacher
Manning Whiley ...
Bertie Gregson
Philip Friend ...
Spencer
Basil Appleby ...
Jock MacIntyre
Laurence Kitchin ...
Clarence Elstead (as Lawrence Kitchen)
...
Steve
Mary Brown ...
Girl Student
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Dean
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Storyline

It is mid-1939 and both Germany and England are preparing for an inevitable conflict. Professor Horatio Smith, an effete academic, asks his students to come with him to the continent to engage in an archaeological dig. When his students discover that the professor is the man responsible for smuggling a number of enemies of the Nazi state out of Germany, they enthusiastically join him in his fight. But things are complicated when one of his students brings a mysterious woman into their circle, a woman who is secretly working for the Gestapo. Written by Alfred Jingle

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student | professor | germany | nazi | gestapo | See more »

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The elusive "Mister V" he's everywhere! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | Drama | War

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Release Date:

28 July 1941 (UK)  »

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Mister V  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System) (at D & P Studios Denham · · · England)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Winston Churchill showed this movie to officers and other guests on board the battleship Prince of Wales in August 1941 as the ship sped across the North Atlantic en route to Churchill's historic meeting with Franklin Roosevelt in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, culminating in the Atlantic Charter. See more »

Goofs

At the reception in the English embassy, Professor Smith misquotes Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. He mispronounces "borogoves" in the third line of the poem as "borogroves". See more »

Quotes

General von Graum: But we have one problem. "To be or not to be?" as our great German poet said.
Professor Horatio Smith: German? But that's Shakespeare.
Professor Horatio Smith: But you don't know?
Professor Horatio Smith: Why, I know it's Shakespeare. I thought Shakespeare was English.
General von Graum: No, no, no. Shakespeare is a German. Professor Schuessbacher has proved it once and for all.
Professor Horatio Smith: Dear, how very upsetting. Still, you must admit that the English translations are most remarkable.
General von Graum: Good night.
Professor Horatio Smith: Good night. Good night. "Parting is such sweet sorrow."
General von Graum: What is that?
Professor Horatio Smith: That's one of the most famous ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: The tale we are about to unfold to you is a fantasy. None of its characters are living persons, but it is based on the exploits of a number of courageous men who were and are still risking their lives daily to aid those unfortunate people of many nationalities who are being persecuted and exterminated by the Nazis. To these champions of freedom this story is dedicated. See more »

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References The Shadow (1940) See more »

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Great Movie, wish there was more like this!
28 March 2000 | by (Iowa, USA) – See all my reviews

"Pimpernel Smith" is one of the most classic movies you will ever find in the World War II era. It will ever serve as a reminder that in 1941, the world did indeed know of the existence of Concentration Camps. It will further be a testament to the murders committed there with the statement by Dr. Benkendorf (Allen Jeayes, excepting Leslie Howard, the only man to play in both Pimpernel movies) "My business is to cure, not to kill!"

What makes this movie is not the plot, but the little subplots that surround the movie. You cannot watch this movie just once; it takes several times before you catch all the subtilties. Leslie Howard is just full of them in this movie.

But even more interesting is the character development. We watch Professor Smith go from a hardened academic to a gentile, but compassionate man. We watch the students go from being boys to men, and we learn from Ludmilla Koz about what kind of courage a lady can have.

By all means, watch this movie and watch it a lot. It will teach you in many ways.


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