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
When the Scarlet Pimpernel is helping the family to escape in the coffins, the man gets into the coffin on the right. When the coffins are reopened, the man emerges from the coffin on the left. And if you watch really closely, you'll see the mother and son's coffin is reversed head to foot. See more
Countess de Tournay
God bless the Scarlet Pimpernel, whoever he may be. Surely he must be an angel in disguise.