Tuesday’s Overlooked Film: The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.

Howard and Merle Oberon

The appeal of this film for me is the fact that I LOVE the source material. It is that perfect balance of action, suspense and romantic drama.  When I realized that there a B&W filmed version of Baroness Orczy’s classic.


A British aristocrat’s effete facade masks a swashbuckling hero rescuing victims of the French revolution.

I think that about sums it up. The performances were great, especially those of our star, Leslie Howard and Raymond Massey as the republican villain Citizen Chauvelin.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment:

For those of you who have not seen this, it will be on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) July 31st at 8:00PM. Set your DVRs!