Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian Resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, but O'Flaherty's activities become so large that the Nazis decide to assassinate him the next time he leaves the Vatican. O'Flaherty continues his work in a variety of disguises. Based on a true story.
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Gregory Peck stars as the man who led thousands in a daring escape to freedom - right under the nose of the Gestapo.
Did You Know?
The title, "The Scarlet and the Black", is a variation on the source book title on which it is based: "The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican". Apparently, this movie is also known as "The Vatican Pimpernel". See more
Kappler demands the Jewish community provide 100 pounds of gold. Germany had used the metric system since 1872 and the Italian states adopted metric in the 1860s. Neither used pounds before metric. See more
Lt. Harry Barnett
The simpler a code name, the easier it is to remember and hopefully, the harder for the enemy to break. Now Francesca, you'll be Malta, the Monsignor will be Golf, Father Vittorio will be Vicky, Mr. West - Jeeves, Count Langenthal - Edelweiss, Simon - Doc, and Morosini - Boots. I'll be Tommy and Lt. Manning will be Joe.
And what is my good name?
Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
We thought we'd call you Big Mama.
An edited version of approximately 110 minutes (120 minutes when broadcast with adverts) is sometimes shown on TV in the UK. See more
References Massacre in Rome