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The Elusive Pimpernel

  • Film

Time Out says

A reasonably faithful adaptation of Baroness Orczy's tale of the French Revolution and the debonair Englishman who spirited aristos out of reach of the Terror. Somewhat over-elaborated, especially in the lavish court sequences, it contrives to get bogged down in a marshy area somewhere between straightforward boy's adventure and classic P & P territory. Powell's original intention was to make it a musical, but Korda and Goldwyn objected; with relics of this conception surviving in the return to Orczy's adventure yarn, the result was that, as Powell commented, 'it really was a terrible mess'. Not terrible, since it is characteristically vivid and colourful, and sparked by bright flashes of sardonic humour.
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Release Details

  • Duration:109 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
  • Screenwriter:Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
  • Cast:
    • David Niven
    • Margaret Leighton
    • Jack Hawkins
    • Cyril Cusack
    • Robert Coote
    • Edmond Audran
    • Charles Victor
    • Danielle Godet
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