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'Pimpernel' Smith (1941)

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
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David Maxwell (as Hugh MacDermott)
Manning Whiley ...
Bertie Gregson
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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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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

One of the earliest movies to openly and unflinchingly discuss Nazi labor, concentration, and death camps. 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

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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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 Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) 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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excellent one of my favourite films
12 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Leslie Howard plays absent minded professor in updated version of the scarlet pimpernel spiriting away enemies of Nazi Germany.Set almost at the outbreak of world war II the film is clearly anti Nazi propaganda with classic quips such as "that is to stop the oppressed Swiss from escaping into free Germany".The Germans are typically portrayed as bungling half wits afraid of their masters with the exception of Francis Sullivan's character Graum who is portrayed as a parody of Herman Goering. I love this film despite its limitations and deficiencies it reminds me of a happier bygone England, it is full of humour,a hint of romance and plenty of adventure. Great.


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