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 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, Chauvelin blackmails Percey’s wife, Marguerite, into cooperating on the threat that he’ll expose the criminal activities of her brother Armand. 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.
Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger.
Stars: David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Jack Hawkins, Cyril Cusack, Arlette Marchal, Danielle Godet, Eugene Deckers, David Oxley, Raymond Rollett, Philip Stainton, John Longden, Robert Griffiths, Arthur Wontner. AKA The Fighting Pimpernel