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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

Select Cast and Crew
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 => The Scarlet Pimpernel / Sir Percy Blakeney
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.