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The Elusive Pimpernel Details


In this costume adventure set in France during the Reign of Terror, a mysterious man known only as the Scarlet Pimpernel rescues noblemen from the guillotine and leads them to safety across the English Channel. Chauvelin (Cyril Cusack) is determined to unmask the Pimpernel and bring him to justice. When evidence begins to suggest that the hero is actually foppish Sir Percey Blakeney (David Niven), Chauvelin blackmails Percey's wife, Marguerite (Margaret Leighton), into cooperating on the threat that he'll expose the criminal activities of her brother Armand (Edmund Audran). However, Marguerite doesn't much care for her husband, hardly believes he could be the heroic Pimpernel, and is startled when she finds out that he truly is the masked vigilante. The Elusive Pimpernel was originally shot in color as a musical, but the musical numbers were cut before the film was released, and the picture's American distributor chose to make only black-and-white prints (though the current home-video release is in color). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


David Niven
as Scarlet Pimpernel/Sir Percy Blakeney
Margaret Leighton
as Marguerite Blakeney
Jack Hawkins
as Prince of Wales
Cyril Cusack
as Chauvelin
Robert Coote
as Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
David Hutcheson
as Lord Anthony Dewhurst
Raymond Rollett
as Bibot
Terry Alexander
as Duke of Dorset
Arthur Wontner
as Lord Grenville
Archie Duncan
as Man in bath
Richard George
as Sir John Coke
Tom Duggan
as Earl of Sligo
Michael Powell
David Oxley
as Capt. Duroc
Philip Stainton
as Jellyband
Patrick Macnee
as Hon. John Bristow
Peter Copley
Eugene Deckers
as Capt. Meiieres
Danielle Godet
as Suzanne de Touman
Howard Vernon
as Comte de Tournai
Charles Victor
as Col. Winterbottom


Emeric Pressburger
Michael Powell
Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Alexander Korda
Samuel Goldwyn
Emeric Pressburger
Michael Powell
Christopher G. Challis
Brian Easdale
Composer (Music Score)
Arthur Lawson
Art Director
Arthur Lawson
Set Designer
Joseph Bato
Set Designer
Bernard Sarron
Costume Designer
Ivy Baker
Costume Designer
Charles Poulton
Sound/Sound Designer
Red Law
Sound/Sound Designer
Freddie Francis
Camera Operator