Pimpernel Smith

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Spy, War

Leslie Howard more or less reprises his most famous swashbuckling role, that of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, as that tale of disguise and rescue is transplanted from Paris during the Reign of Terror to Germany under the Nazis. Prof. Horatio Smith (Howard), an absent-minded professor of archaeology, is supposedly involved in the search for Aryan artifacts near...read more

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Leslie Howard more or less reprises his most famous swashbuckling role, that of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, as that tale of disguise and rescue is transplanted from Paris during the Reign of Terror to Germany under the Nazis. Prof. Horatio Smith (Howard), an absent-minded professor of

archaeology, is supposedly involved in the search for Aryan artifacts near Switzerland, but secretly he runs refugees over the border to safety while disguising himself in a bewildering variety of get-ups. Meanwhile, Gen. von Graum (Francis L. Sullivan), a corpulent Gestapo officer, sets out to

stop the elusive "Pimpernel." Eventually Smith's students figure out what their professor is up to and help him smuggle a large group of persecuted scientists across the border. Smith then goes back one more time, all the way to Berlin, to free Ludmilla Koslowski (Mary Morris), a young woman being

held by the Gestapo. This was Howard's first solo directorial effort (he codirected PYGMALION earlier) and he does a creditable job, keeping the film moving with the right mixture of action and suave, stiff-upper-lip heroism; however, his relaxed acting and immensely likable screen presence are

what carry the film.

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