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Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel - The Complete Series [DVD]

Marius Goring , Stanley Van Beers , Michael McCarthy , Dennis Vance    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marius Goring, Stanley Van Beers, Patrick Troughton, Alexander Gauge, Lucie Mannheim
  • Directors: Michael McCarthy, Dennis Vance, David MacDonald, Wolf Rilla
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079KKIWE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,363 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marius Goring, one of British cinema s most gifted and versatile actors, brings his remarkable talents to the role of the enigmatic adventurer risking his life to save innocent French aristocrats from the guillotine during Robespierre s revolutionary Terror. Switching between the flamboyant Pimpernel and his foppish, outwardly simple alter ego Sir Percy Blakeney with consummate ease, Goring is ably supported by Patrick Troughton, Stanley van Beers (as ruthless Minister of Police Chauvelin), Lucie Mannheim (The 39 Steps) and Alexander Gauge (The Adventures of Robin Hood). This classic ITC adventure series, also featuring a guest cast that includes Peter O Toole, Christopher Lee, Conrad Phillips and Robert Shaw among others, was originally broadcast in 1956.


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They seek him here....... 2 Sep 2012
By Colin Smith "keep on running" TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Is there no end to it?.......The Adventures of Robin Hood....William Tell....Sir Lancelot, etc, etc. And now "The Scarlet Pimpernel" gets the ITC treatment, in this complete collection of eighteen, 25-minute individual tales of swashbuckling derring-do, which were originally broadcast in 1956. Along with all the other good performances in the series, distinguished actor, Marius Goring is excellently cast in his dual-role, seamlessly switching between the dandyfop Sir Percy Blakeney and his more dashing & heroic alter-ego, the Scarlet Pimpernel - the rescuer & toast of those beleaguered Gallic aristo's living under the shadow of Madame Guillotine in Robespierre's revolutionary France.

The rest of the regular cast includes Patrick Troughton (as Sir Andrew Ffoulkes), Alexander Gauge (The Prince Regent), Stanley Van Beers (Chauvelin, Minister of Police), Lucie Mannheim (the Countess la Valliere), Maureen Connell (Melanie, Princess de Monsantes), and Anthony Newland (Lord Richard Hastings). The series also attracted a number of familiar guest stars (see below).

This is yet another typical early ITC swashbuckling TV series, the simple but charming tales are very much in keeping with fellow ITC costume dramas such as "Sword of Freedom" and "The Count of Monte Cristo". The black & white prints used for this collection are mostly very good. There are no extras or subtitles. The inside of the DVD case features an episode synopsis, and this is what you get....

*THE HOSTAGE....The Scarlet Pimpernel must rescue the Baroness Suzanne de Fleury and her son from Chauvelin's clutches - a task which must be achieved without revealing the Pimpernel's alter-ego, Sir Percy Blakeney.
Guest starring Robert Shaw & Yvonne Furneaux.

*SIR PERCY'S WAGER....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marius Goring's talents are great! 20 Oct 2012
This is a delight for all Marius Goring fans. His range of acting skills can still amaze and he, like many others of his era, could out-act many of our current 'Stars' with consummate ease. The sets may not have had millions spent on them, but the films and series produced at the time were enthralling and this is no exception. For all Marius Goring fans, this is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 21 May 2013
By QUIZMAN
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I was too young to see this first time round but I can honestly say it stands up well to today's shows. What I love is spotting actors in their younger days and in this we have Friar Tuck, Captain Dan Tempest, Private Fraser and Dr. Who. Get this series you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment 28 Jan 2013
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I remember Marius Goring when I was a child in a serious role and to be honest when I bought the DVD set I was very sceptical that his acting talents would lend themselves to this particular role. How wrong can you be! Obviously in a series nearly 60 years old some of the episodes were a bit creaky but overall it was really enjoyable way to spend a few hours - and Goring himself, he was simply marvellous
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Favourite Fondly remembered 26 July 2013
By chris
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For anyone who a child in the 1950s, this old favourite brings back many happy memories. The nostalgia does tend to compensate for the unlikely plots, but there are some very strong acting performances by Marius Goring (as the Pimpernel) and by Stanley Van Beers (as Chauvelin). The series contains appearances by actors at the beginning of their careers, for example, Peter O' Toole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia again 5 Jan 2014
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I loved this series Marius Goring played the part great. I used to rush in from playing out to watch this series it was one of the greats from the early ITV days
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