“The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel” is a 1937 British film directed by Hanns Schwarz and starring Barry K. Barnes, Sophie Stewart, and Margaretta Scott. The movie is a sequel to the 1934 film “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” based on the novel by Baroness Orczy.
The film is set in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and it follows the story of Sir Percy Blakeney (Barry K. Barnes), a British aristocrat who secretly operates as the Scarlet Pimpernel, a heroic figure who rescues French aristocrats from execution. Sir Percy’s wife, Marguerite (Sophie Stewart), is unaware of his secret identity.
When a group of French revolutionaries arrive in England seeking to extradite the exiled Duke of Orleans (James Mason), Sir Percy becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of political intrigue. The revolutionaries are led by Chauvelin (Francis Lister), a former adversary of Sir Percy who is determined to capture him and bring him to justice.
As Sir Percy attempts to thwart Chauvelin’s plans and save the Duke of Orleans, Marguerite becomes suspicious of her husband’s activities and begins to investigate. Meanwhile, Sir Percy’s loyal band of followers, known as the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, aid him in his mission to protect the Duke and defeat Chauvelin.
In the end, Sir Percy is able to outmaneuver Chauvelin and rescue the Duke, but not before Marguerite discovers his secret identity. The film ends with Sir Percy revealing the truth to his wife and pledging to continue his work as the Scarlet Pimpernel.
Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Lajos Biró, Arthur Wimperis
Barry K. Barnes, Sophie Stewart, Margaretta Scott