“The Scarlet Pimpernel” is a 1934 film based on the novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. The movie is set during the Reign of Terror in France in the late 18th century.
The story revolves around Sir Percy Blakeney, an English aristocrat who leads a secret double life as the Scarlet Pimpernel, a daring and elusive hero who rescues French aristocrats from the guillotine. His wife, Marguerite St. Just, is a French actress who becomes embroiled in political intrigue when she is blackmailed into discovering the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
As Marguerite carries out her mission, she comes to realize that the Scarlet Pimpernel is none other than her own husband. She tries to warn him of danger, but he is already on his way to rescue the latest group of aristocrats. Marguerite follows him to France and helps him to carry out his mission.
The movie culminates in a thrilling escape as the Scarlet Pimpernel and his rescued aristocrats flee from their pursuers. Marguerite reveals her knowledge of her husband’s secret identity, and they are reconciled.
“The Scarlet Pimpernel” is a classic tale of adventure, romance, and heroism, and the 1934 movie version is a beloved adaptation of the novel. The film was directed by Harold Young and starred Leslie Howard as Sir Percy Blakeney and Merle Oberon as Marguerite St. Just.
Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Alexander Korda, Montagu Barstow
Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey