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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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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

Professor Smith describes himself as a lifelong bachelor, and professes his undying love of Aphrodite Kallipygos, a statue in the collection of the Cambridge University Museum of Antiquities, where Professor Smith is professor of Anthropology. Smith professes to have discovered the statue on the Isle of Lesbos, a real Greek island, also legendary in Lesbian culture. This may have been an opaque reference, by the writers, to the perception or reality of the foppish Smith being gay, which was a taboo subject, and never could have been mentioned directly in a movie made in 1941. 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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Professor Horatio Smith: [having just dodged the Nazis again] Well, I'm almost ashamed to use that old trick, but it nearly always works.
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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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