During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while posing as the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney in society. Percy falls for and marries the beautiful actress Marguerite St. Just, but she is involved with Chauvelin and Robespierre, and Percy's marriage to her may endanger the Pimpernel's plans to save the little Dauphin.
Did You Know?
The dramatic scene performed on stage by Marguerite, and later by Louise, is from "Phaedra" by Jean Racine (1677). See more
During the chase after he rescues the dauphin, Percy reacts as if he's shot, but his clothing shows no sign of damage from the bullet. Also, flintlock pistols had a very short effective range. If a soldier had really hit him, Percy couldn't have been so far ahead that the soldiers didn't see where he went after the wagon tipped over. See more
Ceased? I will love her to the day I die. That is the tragedy.
Version of The Scarlet Pimpernel