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The Scarlet Pimpernel
 

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The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
Starring Leslie Howard was the first celluloid Pimpernel. In this film Merle Oberon played Lady Marguerite, Nigel Bruce was the Prince of Wales and Raymond Massey was well cast as the evil Chauvelin. A big-screen stab at the Pimpernel by old-style Hollywood. A dry and brittle attempt that has all the cute and quaint - but annoying - traits of 1930s Hollywood. Still, Howard plays the dandy well and Oberon is quite glamorous onscreen and this screen version of the literary classic is generally regarded as one of the more acceptable ones.

Raymond Massey as the wicked Chauvelin.


Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon.
(Below) Title screen from the film.

(Below) The old hag is one of the Pimpernel's many disguises


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