"Match courage with courage... meet cunning with cunning!"
  • NR
  • 1935
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 7.3  (4,703)

In "Scarlet Pimpernel, The", Leslie Howard plays Sir Percy Blakeney, an English aristocrat who is secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel, a daring hero who helps rescue aristocrats from the guillotine during the French Revolution. Merle Oberon plays his wife, Lady Marguerite, who is caught between her love for Percy and her loyalty to her brother, Armand, played by Raymond Massey, who is a fervent revolutionary.

As the film begins, Marguerite is being courted by the charming Sir Percy, but is unaware of his alter ego as the Scarlet Pimpernel. Meanwhile, her brother Armand has gotten involved with the French revolutionaries and is in danger of being executed. Marguerite, desperate to save her brother, unwittingly betrays the Scarlet Pimpernel's plans to the French authorities, putting both Percy and Armand in danger.

As the story unfolds, we see Percy's daring rescues and his efforts to outsmart the French authorities. We also see Marguerite's growing realization of her mistake and her attempts to make amends. The tension builds as Percy's identity is threatened to be exposed, and Marguerite must decide where her loyalties truly lie.

The film is full of action, intrigue, and romance, as we follow Percy's daring escapades and Marguerite's emotional journey. Leslie Howard shines as the titular character, bringing both charm and a sense of danger to the role. Merle Oberon is equally compelling as Marguerite, torn between her love for Percy and her loyalty to her brother.

The supporting cast also delivers strong performances, with Raymond Massey bringing intensity and conviction to the role of Armand. Nigel Bruce, as Percy's loyal friend and ally, provides comic relief and a touch of warmth to the film.

The production design and costumes are also noteworthy, with attention to detail and period accuracy. The film showcases both the opulence of the English aristocracy and the poverty and squalor of revolutionary France.

Overall, "Scarlet Pimpernel, The" is a classic adventure film that has stood the test of time. The story of a daring hero who puts his life on the line to save others is timeless, and the romance and intrigue that are woven into the plot make for a compelling viewing experience. Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon are a dynamic pairing, and the film's stirring score and strong supporting cast round out an impressive cinematic offering.

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    1 hr 37 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (4,703)