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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)
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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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The man the Gestapo hates! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | Drama | War

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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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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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[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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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 Scarlet Pimpernel (1999) See more »

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Great sense of style and screen presence
1 November 2004 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

Returning to England before the war, Leslie Howard was a towering figure in the British government's anti-Nazi propaganda policy, making patriotic radio broadcasts and movies that lifted the spirits of the British people in the dark days of the war. One such film was Pimpernel Smith in which Howard plays Archeology Professor Horatio Smith who doubles as a British spy, undertaking to help refugees escape from the Gestapo. Based on the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy and modeled after the 1934 film of the same name, Pimpernel Smith is said to have influenced Raoul Wallenberg, known for his heroism in rescuing Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust.

In the film, Professor Smith takes six students with him on an archaeological dig in Germany, presumably to find out whether or not there was an early Aryan civilization in Germany. Smith tries to convince Gestapo leader General Von Graum (Francis L. Sullivan) that he is just a learned professor, reading from The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll and telling him his theory that William Shakespeare was really the Earl of Oxford. Imagine that! The Professor's wit and wisdom are no match for the humorless Nazis and they seem to fall for each of the professor's tricks. Unfortunately, the Nazis are depicted not as mass murderers but only as bumbling clowns who speak English as well as Winston Churchill.

When Smith is wounded, the students catch on to what he is up to and agree to help him in his attempts to secure the release of pianist Sidimir Koslowski (Peter Gawthorne). In his clandestine cat and mouse game, he meets Koslowski's daughter Ludmilla (Mary Morris) who is working for the Nazis in order to save her father and the two form a bond. Howard's role as Professor Smith is one of his most acclaimed in a career that included roles as Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind and Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He had a great sense of style and screen presence and his death in 1943 on what was most likely an intelligence gathering mission for the British left the film industry bereft of one of its brightest stars.


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