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The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 10 April 1938 (USA)
Paris is Burning! Under the Iron Fist of Robespierre hundreds are executed, by the swift and bloodstained guillotine. Through these acts of injustice a new heroism is born - The League of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Director:

Hanns Schwarz (as Hans Schwartz)

Writers:

Baroness Emmuska Orczy (novel) (as Baroness Orczy), Lajos Biró (screen adaptation) (as Lajos Biro) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry K. Barnes Barry K. Barnes ... Sir Percy Blakeney
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Marguerite, his wife
Margaretta Scott ... Theresia Cobarrus
James Mason ... Jean Tallien
Francis Lister ... Chauvelin
Anthony Bushell ... Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
Patrick Barr ... Lord Hastings
David Tree ... Lord Harry Denning
John Counsell John Counsell ... Sir John Selton
Henry Oscar ... Robespierre
Hugh Miller Hugh Miller ... De Calmet, his secretary
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Judge of the Tribunal
O.B. Clarence O.B. Clarence ... De Marre
George Merritt ... Chief of Police
Evelyn Roberts Evelyn Roberts ... Prince of Wales
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Storyline

Sir Percy Blakeney(in the guise of the masked Scarlet Pimpernel), an Englishman who with the aid of a band of his friends, is engaged in spiriting FRench aristocrats across the English Channel to escape the guillotine. Robespierre, the ruthless revolutionary, informs the chief of the police he must capture the Scarlet Pimpernel or lose his own head to the blade. Blakeley's wife is abducted and taken to France forcing him to follow in a rescue attempt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Pimpinella Escarlate See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the footage and some of the sets from The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) are re-used in this film. See more »

Goofs

The name "Brighton" dates from 1810. In 1792 the town was called "Brighthelmstone." See more »

Quotes

Chauvelin: [Inspired to verse by Sir Percy] I set a trap/As bait, a belle/His pretty spouse, I grieve to tell/But I never dreamed/ That I shoud trap/The spouse, the mouse/And the gang as well!
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Opening credits prologue: 1794

Paris under the heel of the dictator Robespierre. See more »

Alternate Versions

Released in Great Britain at 94 minutes; USA version runs 88 minutes. See more »

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Follows The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Auprès de ma blonde
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Traditional
Sung (or mimed) by Theresia Cobarrus
An arrangement is used as the music behind the opening credits and it is also played over the end credits
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More heads to be saved
13 January 2001 | by PeterJacksonSee all my reviews

Or should I say: more of the same? Nevertheless, this is a decent if somewhat unremarkable follow-up to THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. This time, the Pimpernel's wife is being kidnapped in order to set the trap for him, forcing Sir Percy to go to France to save her. What follows is an amusing film, nothing more, but certainly nothing less. The sequel has to do it without the leads of the first film, but the cast here generally does a pretty good job as well. They all make very likeable characters, what surely makes up for the quite far-fetched story.

This obviously is a little-known film, but if you have the chance to see it, you might want to check it out. It's not a masterpiece and not as good as the first "Pimpernel", but rather good fun. 6/10


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