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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 ...
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)
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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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Adventure | Comedy | Drama | War

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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

Father Leslie Howard and his son Ronald Howard, both appeared in this film together. See more »

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Although Professor Smith's first name is Horatio, in several scenes he is called Horace, by his brother, and others. Horace would be correct for someone called Horatio, that most famous one called Nelson, was as a child called Horace, this is well documented. See more »

Quotes

[Smith now caught by the gestapo]
Professor Horatio Smith: This must be a big moment for you.
General von Graum: A minor satisfaction. I wanted to get you out of my system before I turn my mind to more important matters. You've become a great nuisance to me, professor - almost an obsession - but everything comes to an end.
Professor Horatio Smith: What particular end did you plan for me?
General von Graum: Need we go into details? At least it will be quick.
Professor Horatio Smith: But violent, I suppose - a strange end for one who despises violence - at the hands of those who worship it. The new German ...
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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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Version of The Fighting Pimpernel (1950) See more »

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fictional heroes join the war effort
17 April 1999 | by (new jersey, usa) – See all my reviews

Concerning this film, I can't decide if my soft spot is for the always superb Leslie Howard, or for one of the old heroes of literature, resurrected to fight the nazi menace. This is a clever update of the Scarlet Pimpernel story. I found this re-incarnation of the classic much more enjoyable than the original. It was even more fun than another personal favorite, Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, who came back in the 1940's to do his bit for king and country against the Third Reich.

Albeit, very light fair, films like this were more to entertain and keep spirits high in not so certain times. The horrors of war can be looked back upon, but to push onward, the propaganda of the day was to show the enemy as almost comical foes, outwitted by the ever sensible Englishman. Leslie Howard plays this role beautifully and it remains one of my favorite performances by him...


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