Director: Harold Young
Writers: Baroness Emmuska Orczy (by) (as The Baroness Orczy), Lajos Biró (scenario, continuity & dialogue) (as Lajos Biro)
Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey
Release Date: February 7, 1935
A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.
Ah, I love the 1934 version of The Scarlet Pimpernel staring Leslie Howard, who I absolutely adore and Merle Oberon, who I am beginning to love in period pieces. Leslie Howard has just the right amount of flamboyance, not enough to look queer, nor for people to take him seriously and suspect him as the scarlet pimpernel. Lady Blakeney can get a tad annoying in both the book and the movie, but at the same time must be pardoned for her ignorance in the whole matter. Merle Oberon does a wonderful execution of her, being a little stuck-up and innocent about her husband’s “going-ons” to caring and intelligent. Of course you could not have found a better Chavelin than Raymond Massey, who plays the conniving aristocrat to a tee.