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6 out of 5 stars for The Scarlet Pimpernel - but I couldn't even watch the sequel,
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This review is from: The Scarlet Pimpernel/Return Of The Scarlet Pimpernel [DVD] (DVD)
This must be Leslie Howard's best performance, the best film version of Scarlet Pimpernel and one of the best screen adaptions of a classic book. The 'cravat' scene must be one of the most amusing episodes in film history.
The plot has been changed somewhat, especially the end, but the film creates such a sense of unity and rightness that I sometimes forget that 'that's not how it goes in the book'. Of course, if you didn't read the book, or don't remeber it or don't mind when movies deviate from the novels they were inspired by, there's nothing at all to worry about.
Merle Oberon is a suitably beautiful but disenchanted French wife to Leslie Howard, who is a master at his changes of personality from 'Sir Percival Blackeney' to 'The Scarlet Pimpernel'. The film sticks to the spirit of The Scarlet Pimpernel even when it deviates from the letter.
I'm afraid I can't give an accurate description of the sequel. After Leslie Howard's performance, every other Pimpernel was bound to flop.