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.Email This Post To A Friend
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