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The Scarlet Pimpernel DVD


"That damned elusive Pimpernel" finds a dashing embodiment in Leslie Howard, who has the steel to be an action hero and the wit to hide behind his alter ego: a British fop. Based on Baroness Orczy's novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel focuses on the efforts of this British dandy to aid members of the French aristocracy in escaping the guillotines of the French revolution. He also romances Merle Oberon, a beauty forgotten by recent generations and engages in a wonderfully wicked duel of wits with the humourless enforcer for the French Republicans (Raymond Massey). If somewhat short on swashbuckling, it's long on the kind of costume drama that Hollywood seems to have forgotten how to do. The film was remade in 1982 for television, in an equally engaging version starring Anthony Andrews. --Marshall Fine

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play  Leslie Howard Merle Oberon and Raymond Massey star in Harold Young&39;s thrilling take on Baroness Orczy&39;s classic adventure story a barnstorming success at the box-office and the first of two films (with 1941&39;s homage Pimpernel Smith) featuring Leslie Howard as the legendary master of disguise The Scarlet Pimpernel is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio Every bit the foppish English gentleman Sir Percy Blakeney&39;s foolish demeanour is a mere cover to conceal his true identity as the &39;Scarlet Pimpernel&39; daring saviour of French aristocrats during Robespierre&39;s Reign of Terror With the villainous Chauvelin desperate to track him down a plan is soon put into action which threatens the life and liberty of Sir Percy&39;s beautiful wife in the hope of putting paid to the Pimpernel&39;s exploits once and for all SPECIAL FEATURES Image gallery Original memorabilia and script PDFs

Sir Percy Blakeney (Leslie Howard) is a foppish Englishman despised by his wife Marguerite (Merle Oberon) for his self-indulgence and indifference as French aristocrats are being put to the guillotine. Little does she know that Sir Percy is in fact the dashing Scarlet Pimpernel, saviour of the French aristocracy. However, when Sir Percy departs for his latest mission, his life is placed in peril as the French Ambassador, Chauvelin (Raymond Massey), discovers his secret.

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