Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.
Spring, 1939. The Nazis are frustrated that a number of men, German nationals and non-nationals alike that have refused to work for them, have managed to escape from the country with the aid of unknown rescuers or perhaps a sole rescuer. As such, the Nazis have begun to round up such men who have remained in Germany to house them in concentration camps as enemies of the Reich, all this information quashed by the Ministry of Propaganda. Meanwhile, Horatio Smith, a mild-mannered, pacifistic, often absent-minded and seemingly misogynistic Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University, has recruited six of his male students to accompany him to Germany on his latest three-month post-term expedition into his research of whether an Aryan race did ever exist in Central Europe, work supported by the German government. What they and everyone else is unaware of is that Smith is that rescuer, this trip to Germany just a cover for his latest mission to free whoever needs to be freed from the Nazis. He realizes that his outward demeanor to the world makes him the perfect person for such work in no one ever suspecting him. He wants to retain his secret identity as the rescuer as the fewer people who know or need to know, the safer it is for all concerned. Coinciding with Smith's expedition, Nazi General von Graum, who is leading the investigation into the escapes, believes the rescuer is not only British, but will be attending a reception at the British Embassy in Berlin. As such, he enlists the assistance of a young woman by the name of Ludmilla Kohls to help identify the perpetrator at the reception, she who he is certain can and will assist and may be more perceptive about such matters to Smith's detriment than von Graum, he suspecting the typical strong, masculine type. —Huggo
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excellent one of my favourite films
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.
- May 12, 2006
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