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If it comes around again on Turner Classic Movies (and you know it will), you must watch The Scarlet Pimpernel.  Not only is it a delightful action romance, it is truly a tour de force for Leslie Howard.  He plays the lead character, Sir Percy Blakeney, whose appearance as the most idiotic fop in England disguises the razor sharp mind and lion-like courage that makes him the Scarlet Pimpernel, heroic rescuer of French aristocrats headed for the guillotine.  Not only is Howard perfect, it’s also a lovely movie, with the most dazzling costumes and real sense of the period.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Perhaps, in this coming age of Obamaupyourtopia, we could take a lesson from this (I agree) first rate movie on how to act like vacuous fops in order to disguise our true intents. I shall have to study Leslie Howard more closely.

  • Jose

    I enjoyed watching Raymond Massey – better known as the evil brother in Arsenic and Old Lace.