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Submitted by Roger Mellor

The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
"Radio Times" film guide

Director - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Starring - David Niven & Margaret Leighton
Running Time - 104 mins
Country of Origin - UK
Screenplay - Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, from the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Theatrical Distributor - British Lion Film Corp Ltd
UK Cinema Certificate - U

This version of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's lesser efforts; Powell had at one stage wanted the project to be a musical and called what he ended up with a terrible mess. This is a little harsh, though, since the film is not without its moments of colour and excitement. David Niven is as suave as ever in the title role of the jaunty Englishman who, beneath his carefree exterior, dedicates himself to the task of saving French aristocrats from the revolutionary guillotine

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