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"Sink me!" what a smashing movie.
- Bill Fletcher
Excellent screenplay, great characterizations, captivating plot. Leslie Howard's portrayal is "spot on" - one of the first "super heroes". The black and white cinematography is marvellous. I really love this movie. Bill.
Scarlet Pimpernel: Flower or Poison?
- Nancy A. Thompson-Jones
This is and remains one of my most favorite of films. Leslie Howard portrays the most gallant, debonair [unless portraying an 'Old Hag'] of all time Super Heroes. What I find infinitely more fascinating is the title of the film. Something I ponder is whether the author, Baroness Orczy wrote the novel with the flower, scarlet pimpernel in mind or wrote the novel and then named it 'The Scarlet Pimpernel'. One will never know. When I first viewed the film, I thought 'Oh, how quant, a ring with a cute little posy on it. This morning I read about this 'posy'. Besides being a beautiful little flower, it means a person who rescues others from mortal danger by smuggling them across borders. In addition, it is 'The Devil in Sheep's Clothing!' The origin of the Pimpernel flower was red and from Europe. But what is so apropos, is how a deadly characteristic disguises itself, albeit in a reverse sort of way. It appears as non-threatening as the friendly daisy, but it contains toxins and its digestion may cause death.
- Jeff Boston
Guile saves the "guilty" from the guillotine. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" highlights sensational costume design, stunning beauty (Merle Oberon), and the sickening "Reign of Terror." Leslie Howard is most convincing. Loved the library scene.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
- Mark Sutch
Why is this not on home movie?
It's packed full of humor, charm, personality, and can better than hold its own among films of the era-- if not for the performances, then for the dialog. A must see.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - 1935
- Judy G
Whimsey. Some good lines that we use today. The one we like: "Nothing in this world is so bad as something that is 'Not so bad'" Love it! My husband and I know when we use the term "not so bad", we really know what the the other means thanks to this movie. There are other movies of this era that are better, but this one has it's place too.
The Scarlet Pimpernel on Janus Films
- R. D. KARAM
What a thrill it was watching the beautiful, crisp and complete Janus Films copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel on TCM last night (Aug. 27, 2009). Is there a commercial DVD from this print? If not, WHY NOT???
I felt it was a great film. I had never seen it before. Thanks, TCM!!
One of the First Alter Ego Super Heros
The Scarlett Pimpernel is one of the best stories about the French Revolution, and although it is fiction, who's to say there wasn't someone who used there wealth and wits to fight against corruption? Who knows?