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The Scarlet Pimpernel [1934]

Director:Harold Young
Writer:Arthur Wimperis
Lajos Biró
Robert E. Sherwood
S.N. Behrman
Composer:Arthur Benjamin
Length:97 minutes
(1 hour 37 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
Sorting Tub:Golf
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: An English aristocrat plays the fop to distract suspicion from his true activities: rescuing countless aristocrats from the guillotine of the French revolution.

Reaction: A fine interpretation from an older era.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Harold Young => Director
Arthur Wimperis => Writer
Lajos Biró => Writer
Robert E. Sherwood => Writer
S.N. Behrman => Writer
Arthur Benjamin => Composer
Baroness Emmuska Orczy => Play and Novels
Montagu Barstow => Play
Allan Jeayes => Lord Grenville
Anthony Bushell => Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
Bramwell Fletcher => The Priest
Edmund Breon => Colonel Winterbottom
Ernest Milton => Robespierre
Gertrude Musgrove => Jellyband's daughter 'Sally'
Gibb McLaughlin => The Barber
Hindle Edgar => Lord Wilmot
Joan Gardner => Suzanne de Tournay
John Turnbull => Jellyband (innkeeper)
Leslie Howard => Sir Percy Blakeney / The Scarlet Pimpernel
Mabel Terry-Lewis => Countess de Tournay
Melville Cooper => Romney (The Great Artist)
Merle Oberon => Lady Blakeney
Morland Graham => Treadle (the tailor) (as Moreland Graham)
Nigel Bruce => The Prince of Wales
O.B. Clarence => Count de Tournay
Raymond Massey => Chauvelin
Walter Rilla => Armand St. Just
William Freshman => Lord Hastings

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The original director, [?] Roland V. Brown, was fired on his first day at work.
  • Lux Radio Theater broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 12, 1938 with Leslie Howard reprising his film role. Olivia de Havilland performed with him after having just filmed Gone with the Wind together.
  • The original play opened in London on 5 January 1905, three years before it was novelized.
  • Percy Blakeney refers to one of the boxers as "Mendoza", a reference to [?] Daniel Mendoza, the 17th-century British Jew who revolutionized boxing. Mendoza was the heavyweight champion of England from 1792-5, despite being a middleweight.