Interesting. Short YouTube clip from Pempernel Smith.
Description on YouTube: Leslie Howard, shortly before his death, starred in and produced Pimpernel Smith, in which he plays “Horatio” Smith, a genteel Cambridge archaeologist who pretends to be searching for a lost Aryan civilization. He is meanwhile actually freeing Jewish victims of the III Reich from the death camps. This clip is excerpted for your viewing education, kindness the doctrine of “fair use,” from Howard’s classic film. Why Howard, who produced the film, and his screenwriters, chose to have Smith introduce Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, into the film remains today a subject for contemporary dispute.
More details about the movie:
|Release Date: 1941 Duration: 121 min
Cast: Leslie Howard, Ian Dalrymple, Anatole de Grunwald, Muir Mathieson, Francis L. Sullivan, Percy Walsh, David Tomlinson, Mary Morris, Allan Jeayes, Roddy Hughes, Roland Pertwee, Ben Williams, Raymond Huntley, Phillip Friend, Jack Hildyard, Peter Gawthorne LESS
The “Scarlet Pimpernel” legend is updated to WW2 in the breathless actioner Pimpernel Smith. Leslie Howard (who also directed) plays bespectacled and seemingly mild-mannered Professor Smith, who under cover of darkness transforms into a tireless… MORE
The “Scarlet Pimpernel” legend is updated to WW2 in the breathless actioner Pimpernel Smith. Leslie Howard (who also directed) plays bespectacled and seemingly mild-mannered Professor Smith, who under cover of darkness transforms into a tireless defender of democracy. With the help of several loyal companions, Smith makes several forays into Nazi-occupied territories to rescue the oppressed victims of the Third Reich, using a phony archeological expedition to throw the villains off the track. The picture really roars into life during the cat-and-mouse exchanges between the Professor and his Gestapo antagonist Von Graum, phlegmatically enacted by the corpulent Francis L. Sullivan. In some markets, Pimpernel Smith was retitled Mister V. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi LESS