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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 ...
Ernest Butcher ...
Weber
Ben Williams ...
Graubitz
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Professor Horatio Smith
Arthur Hambling ...
Jordan
Joan Kemp-Welch ...
School-Teacher
Hugh McDermott ...
David Maxwell (as Hugh Macdermott in opening credits)
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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Leslie Howard in his greatest role since "Pygmalion"! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | Drama | War

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Release Date:

28 July 1941 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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

The statue known as Aphrodite Kallipygos (also known as the Callipygian Venus), has the literal meaning "Venus (or Aphrodite) of the beautiful buttocks," is an actual Ancient Roman marble statue, which is probably a copy of an even older Greek original, lost to the passages of time, probably made of bronze. See more »

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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 »

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David Maxwell: Archeologists are always a thousand years behind the times.
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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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There's A Tavern in the Town
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Whistled by Leslie Howard in several scenes
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fun WWII era anti-Nazi flick
22 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film was created to drum up morale among the British people and to portray their cause as just to the Americans (who were not yet in the war). And, in this endeavor, it does a wonderful job. The Nazis are really bad and the British people plucky and decent--exactly the message they were trying to get across.

This story is a reworking of THE SCARLET PIMPERNELL--being updated to the the then present time instead of during the French Reign of Terror. Leslie Howard does a fine job playing the lead and the film is a better record of his acting talents than most of his movies. The direction and writing, as well, were excellent. No complaints at all about this film. Give it a try--it's a great time passer.


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