The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Director: Harold Young
Starring: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey

A shallow fop leads a double life as the Scarlet Pimpernel, saving the lives of aristocrats sentenced to death in revolutionary France.

Regardless of how you feel about the politics of the French Revolution, this is a fun little movie with a story in the tradition of many classical tales of derring-do. Leslie Howard is amazing as Sir Percy. His dandy persona is terribly entertaining and the real character underneath is rather compelling as well. I also liked Raymond Massey as the sinister Chauvelin. There's some pretty witty writing and it's a good popcorn-muncher. Give it a watch.

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