The Scarlet Pimpernel (1917)

Drama | 4 November 1917

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HISTORY

The copyright entry lists this film as six reels in length. Among the many other versions of the story are the 1935 British production The Scarlet Pimpernel , starring Leslie Howard and directed by Harold Young; and the 1950 British film The Elusive Pimpernel , starring David Niven and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric ... More Less

The copyright entry lists this film as six reels in length. Among the many other versions of the story are the 1935 British production The Scarlet Pimpernel , starring Leslie Howard and directed by Harold Young; and the 1950 British film The Elusive Pimpernel , starring David Niven and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. More Less

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18 Mar 16
p. 1845, 1906
MPW
10 Nov 17
p. 917.
MPW
17 Nov 17
p. 1032.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Montagu Barstow (London, 1905) and their play of the same name (London, 5 Jan 1905).
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
28 October 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11639
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the French Revolution, Englishman Sir Percy Blakeney is considered to be a terrible fop, completely unaware of the seriousness of the political situation abroad. In reality, Sir Percy is a hero to the French aristocrats and is known as "The Scarlet Pimpernel." His wife, Lady Marguerite, shares the opinion of most that Sir Percy is useless, until his heroism is proven when she discovers his secret identity. In Calais, Sir Percy is able to elude Chauvelin, a member of the new French government, even though Chauvelin threatens the safety of Lady Marguerite's brother, Armand St. Just. Lady Marguerite goes to Calais to aid her husband, and they finally are able to escape on a ship bound for England, assured of their love for each ... +


During the French Revolution, Englishman Sir Percy Blakeney is considered to be a terrible fop, completely unaware of the seriousness of the political situation abroad. In reality, Sir Percy is a hero to the French aristocrats and is known as "The Scarlet Pimpernel." His wife, Lady Marguerite, shares the opinion of most that Sir Percy is useless, until his heroism is proven when she discovers his secret identity. In Calais, Sir Percy is able to elude Chauvelin, a member of the new French government, even though Chauvelin threatens the safety of Lady Marguerite's brother, Armand St. Just. Lady Marguerite goes to Calais to aid her husband, and they finally are able to escape on a ship bound for England, assured of their love for each other. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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