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The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1938)
This is the sequel to the highly popular 1934 film, which starred Leslie Howard. It's regarded by some critics as the film that is closest in spirit to Orzcy's book.In this follow-up, Howard takes on the directing role ... leaving the acting to Barry Barnes, who is sufficiently foppish as Sir Percy. The plot centers around the French revolutionary Robespierre vowing to extract revenge on the Scarlet Pimpernel.



Robespierre is angry that Sir Percy Blakeney has been helping the aristocracy escape from the guillotine and to take his revenge Robespierre kidnaps Sir Percy's wife and takes her to France. As you would expect, the Pimpernel rescues her and they escape to England. The film features a very young James Mason in a minor support tole.


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