Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon and Raymond Massey star in Harold Young’s thrilling take on Baroness Orczy’s classic adventure story a barnstorming success at the box-office and the first of two films (with 1941’s homage Pimpernel Smith) featuring Leslie Howard as the legendary master of disguise. The Scarlet Pimpernel is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Every bit the foppish English gentleman, Sir Percy Blakeney’s foolish demeanour is a mere cover to conceal his true identity as the ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’, daring saviour of French aristocrats during Robespierre’s Reign of Terror. With the villainous Chauvelin desperate to track him down, a plan is soon put into action that threatens the life and liberty of Sir Percy’s beautiful wife in the hope of putting paid to the Pimpernel’s exploits once and for all…
The British Film
The British Film collection was launched by Network Distributing in April 2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through a deal with Studiocanal, one of Europe’s leading distribution and production companies. Many of the films have never been available to own and will benefit from new transfers, affirming Network Distributing’s commitment to classic British cinema.
Titles include significant works from studios including Associated Talking Pictures, Ealing Studios, London Films, British Lion, Associated British Picture Corporation and EMI from the Studiocanal archive.