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Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934)
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Posted on 02/09/2014 11:20:06 AM PST by ReformationFan



TOPICS: Books/Literature; History; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 1792; 1934; adventure; alexanderkorda; baronessorczy; batman; frenchrevolution; guillotine; haroldyoung; jacobin; jacobins; joangardner; leftwingvillain; lesliehoward; merleoberon; mfasa; raymondmassey; reignofterror; thescarletpimpernel
Today's feature is a great classic historical adventure. Leslie Howard plays essential a Batman/Bruce Wayne of the 1790s. As Sir Percy Blakeney, he pretends to be a foppish dandy of the upperclass while he secretly rescues innocent aristocrats from the guillotine as the heroic man of mystery, the Scarlet Pimpernel. One thing I love about this story is that the heroes are on the right while the villains are the politically correct, left wing Jacobins of the Reign of Terror. It's not often that Hollywood has made a truly conservative movie and this is definitely one of them.
1 posted on 02/09/2014 11:20:06 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!


2 posted on 02/09/2014 11:21:17 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: ReformationFan; RansomOttawa; Silentgypsy

ping


3 posted on 02/09/2014 11:22:13 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Dr. Sivana

Exactly ;)


4 posted on 02/09/2014 11:23:55 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan
One interesting thing is Leslie Howard played this character again in 1941 fighting Nazis in Pimpernel Smith. Two Years later he was killed when a plane he was in was shot down by the Luftwaffe.

He was a real life Scarlet Pimpernel against the Nazis.

5 posted on 02/09/2014 11:25:08 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: ReformationFan

This film is a favorite of mine.


6 posted on 02/09/2014 11:26:58 AM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: ReformationFan

7 posted on 02/09/2014 11:27:39 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: nickcarraway

Indeed. I think I read somewhere that the Scarlet Pimpernel was Howard’s favorite role and movie, not the one he’s most famous for, i.e., “Gone With The Wind”-Lesley Wilkes. In fact, I think he actively disliked GWTW and his character in it.

It’s understandable since his character is more stronger and heroic in the 1934 film.


8 posted on 02/09/2014 11:29:00 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Great scene where Raymond Massey sees the Granger still sleeping on the couch. Massey thinks that maybe he has discovered the Pimpernal’s true identity but then shakes off the thought. A tour de force moment of silent acting.


9 posted on 02/09/2014 11:30:54 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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Correction: Granger should be Howard.


10 posted on 02/09/2014 11:31:43 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

They seek him here. They seek him there. They seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven or is he in Hell? That damned , elusive Pimpernel!


11 posted on 02/09/2014 11:31:51 AM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: al_c

Another great one!

You can watch it here-

http://www.220.ro/desene-animate/20-Daffy-Duck-Sylvester-The-Scarlet-Pumpernickel-1950/KJRkZjBcaE/


12 posted on 02/09/2014 11:34:12 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: BenLurkin

Indeed. Great scene.

I also like the one where Lady Marguerite looks at the portrait and puts two and two together, i.e., realizing her supposedly foppish husband IS indeed the heroic Scarlet Pimpernel.


13 posted on 02/09/2014 11:37:23 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan
I thought he was funny in a movie with Humphrey Bogart called The Stand In, where he plays a nerdy accountant that comes to Hollywood.

His son played Sherlock Holmes in a British series at the U.S. from the 50's.

14 posted on 02/09/2014 11:42:18 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: BenLurkin

“Correction: Granger should be Howard.”

On the other hand, a mashup of Pimpernel and “Strangers on a Train” could be interesting.


15 posted on 02/09/2014 12:03:20 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: ReformationFan

What??? A movie about bread????


16 posted on 02/09/2014 12:05:24 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: ReformationFan
what time? ..Hollywood after GWTW, started to change
from "floppy-ish men" to "hard men" after that movie.

17 posted on 02/09/2014 12:06:30 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: ReformationFan

Saw the Leslie Howard Scarlet Pimpernel
set in 40s war time Europe and how he foiled the Germans.

Was pretty entertaining. Thanks for posting this.


18 posted on 02/09/2014 12:08:03 PM PST by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: nickcarraway
when Gobbels; found out Howard's death, he pronounced it
gladly nationwide in NAZI Germany as if were a battlefield victory.

19 posted on 02/09/2014 12:12:25 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: ReformationFan

Love the ending when Robiespeire(sp) knows

his head is gonna next on the block.

Great movie.


20 posted on 02/09/2014 12:21:37 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Dr. Sivana

But what if Granger was Stewart Granger(”The Prisoner of Zenda” and “Scaramouche”)?


21 posted on 02/09/2014 12:22:14 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Great plot....I liked the version with Jane Seymour, better, though...

Just me-—never was a fan of “Ashley” (Howard)-—he always seemed so weak-willed to me after “Gone with the Wind”. He always is this “dreamer”-—foppish dandy, and so he didn’t work as the Scarlet Pimpernel, who wasn’t that way.


22 posted on 02/09/2014 12:23:45 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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Always loved Jane Seymour(one of my favorite Bond girls). I think the 1982 remake combined “The Scarlet Pimpernel” with another one of Baroness Orczy’s novels so we saw more of Percy’s courtship of Marguerite.


23 posted on 02/09/2014 12:39:57 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Sink me!


24 posted on 02/09/2014 12:55:17 PM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: savagesusie
Many thanks..I never ev en knew of the Jane Seymour version..and happily, my library has it..

FYI..if you can manage to find it, the original novel is a good read..

25 posted on 02/09/2014 1:01:46 PM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ReformationFan

Excellent! I’ve wanted to see this one for ages. Bookmarked for later!


26 posted on 02/09/2014 1:15:16 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: ReformationFan

This was my favorite version too with Anthony Andrews as Percy.

Oh my the costuming was spectacular!


27 posted on 02/09/2014 1:17:41 PM PST by The Bat Lady (http://cornynlovesobamacare.com/ We need the citizen Senators.)
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To: ReformationFan
Leslie Howard plays essential a Batman/Bruce Wayne of the 1790s. As Sir Percy Blakeney, he pretends to be a foppish dandy of the upperclass while he secretly rescues innocent aristocrats from the guillotine as the heroic man of mystery, the Scarlet Pimpernel.

And, in fact, the Scarlet Pimpernel has the distinction of being the first masked hero with a secret identity. Before Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and even Don Diego de la Vega, there was Sir Percy.

28 posted on 02/09/2014 1:20:13 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: ReformationFan

Excellent!


29 posted on 02/09/2014 2:01:47 PM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: savagesusie

Have you seen “The Scarlet and the Black”? It’s about the “Scarlet Pimpernel” of the Vatican in WWII Italy.


30 posted on 02/09/2014 2:06:36 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Leslie Howard was wonderfully foppish in this one. Some great 1930s adventure and intrigue!


31 posted on 02/09/2014 2:22:43 PM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: ReformationFan

“But what if Granger was Stewart Granger(”The Prisoner of Zenda” and “Scaramouche”)?”

Not having seen either movie, I have no idea.


32 posted on 02/09/2014 2:27:51 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: ReformationFan

Thank you!


33 posted on 02/09/2014 5:09:38 PM PST by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar)
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To: nickcarraway

In rewatching this again myself, I have to give kudos to the film’s two beautiful leading ladies: Merle Oberon(who I like here more than in her most famous role as Cathy in “Wuthering Heights”) and Joan Gardner as Suzanne. Miss Gardner was quite a stunner. I read on imdb she only made 14 films back in the 1930s and retired to become a wife and mother.


34 posted on 02/09/2014 5:44:06 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Silentgypsy

You’re welcome! It’s a great film with a great story.

After you’re finished, I recommend then watching the Looney Tunes spoof-

http://www.220.ro/desene-animate/20-Daffy-Duck-Sylvester-The-Scarlet-Pumpernickel-1950/KJRkZjBcaE/


35 posted on 02/09/2014 5:46:51 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

No! But I would LOVE to...Thanks for the heads-up!!!! I will look it up now.


36 posted on 02/09/2014 6:17:28 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: ReformationFan

It was one of my favorite Romance movies after Robin Hood with Errol Flynn-—Loved it!


37 posted on 02/09/2014 7:21:14 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: ReformationFan

Just got through watching it on youtube.

It is a fine motion picture — they don’t make them like that anymore.


38 posted on 02/09/2014 9:48:15 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ReformationFan

Lol! Thanks again!


39 posted on 02/10/2014 10:03:17 AM PST by Silentgypsy (Make sure she doesn’t get ahold of the gom jabbar)
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To: ReformationFan

Here’s a suggestion for your next “Movie for a Sunday Afternoon”

It is a movie rarely shown these days — probably because of its strong pro-life message.

The Bluebird (1940) starring the late Shirley Temple
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032264/


40 posted on 02/11/2014 6:21:37 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks for the tip. I haven’t seen that one.


41 posted on 02/16/2014 12:07:58 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Leslie is GREAT in that flick!

“They seek him here,
They seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!
Is he in heaven?
Is he in hell?
That damned, elusive Pimpernel!”


42 posted on 02/16/2014 12:10:59 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: djf

Yep. I think I read it was his favorite role. He later reprised it of sorts in “Pimpernel Smith” where he plays a WWII-era version of the elusive pimpernel.


43 posted on 02/18/2014 7:49:49 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

I did last summer get my hands on a DVD copy of “Of Human Bondage”.

Great movie, but I wish they could go back in and do something about the sound, which was just about as bad as it can get.

Some places, Bette Davis looks like she’s about 16 years old!

They reprised their roles together in 1936, one of my all time favorite movies, The Petrified Forest, starring Howard, Davis, and a young rough-cut Bogart playing the murderous Duke Mantee.

I love old movies. Wherever possible, if there is an old movie and a modern remake, I try to get both.


44 posted on 02/18/2014 9:27:10 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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