Pimpernel Smith (1941) DVD9 - Leslie Howard, Mary Morris [DDR]
"Pimpernel" Smith (released in the United States as Mister V) is a 1941 British anti-Nazi thriller, produced and directed by its star Leslie Howard, which updates his role in the 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel from Revolutionary France to pre-Second World War Europe. The British Film Yearbook for 1945 described his work as "one of the most valuable facets of British propaganda".
The film helped to inspire Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg to mount his real-life rescue operation in Budapest that saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi concentration camps during the last months of the Second World War.
Leslie Howard as Professor Horatio Smith
Francis Sullivan as General von Graum
Mary Morris as Ludmilla Koslowska
Hugh McDermott as David Maxwell
Raymond Huntley as Marx
Manning Whiley as Bertie Gregson
Peter Gawthorne as Sidimir Koslowski
Allan Jeayes as Dr. Beckendorf
Dennis Arundell as Hoffman
Joan Kemp-Welch as Teacher
Philip Friend as Spencer
Laurence Kitchin as Clarence Elstead
David Tomlinson as Steve
Basil Appleby as Jock MacIntyre
Percy Walsh as Dvorak
Roland Pertwee as Sir George Smith
A. E. Matthews as Earl of Meadowbrook
Aubrey Mallalieu as Dean
Directed by Leslie Howard
Produced by Leslie Howard
Based on "Pimpernel" Smith (novel) by A.G. Macdonell
The Scarlet Pimpernel (novel) by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Running time 120 minutes
MOVIE PLOT:- Pimpernel Smith (1941)
Eccentric Cambridge archaeologist Horatio Smith (Leslie Howard) takes a group of British and American archaeology students to pre-war Nazi Germany to help in his excavations. His research is supported by the Nazis, since he professes to be looking for evidence of the Aryan origins of German civilisation.
However, he has a secret agenda: to free inmates of the concentration camps. During one such daring rescue, he hides disguised as a scarecrow in a field and is inadvertently shot by a German soldier idly engaging in a bit of target practice. Wounded, he still manages to free a famous pianist from a work gang. Later, his students guess his secret when they see his injury and connect it to a story about the latter-day Scarlet Pimpernel in a newspaper. They enthusiastically volunteer to assist him.
German Gestapo General von Graum (Francis Sullivan) is determined to find out the identity of the "Pimpernel" and eliminate him. Von Graum forces Ludmilla Koslowska (Mary Morris) to help him by threatening the life of her father, a leading Polish democrat held prisoner by the Nazis. When Smith finds out, he promises her he will free Koslowski.
Smith and his students, masquerading as American journalists, visit the camp in which Koslowski is being held. They overpower their escort, put on their uniforms, and leave with Koslowski and some other inmates. By now, von Graum is sure Smith is the man he is after, so he stops the train transporting the professor and various packing crates out of the country. However, when he has the crates opened, he is disappointed to find only ancient artefacts from Smith's excavations.
Von Graum still has Ludmilla, so Smith comes back for her. The general catches the couple at a border crossing. In return for Ludmilla's freedom, Smith agrees to give himself up. Smith tells Graum that the artefacts he has discovered disprove Nazi claims about the Aryan origins of the Germans. He predicts the Nazis will destroy themselves. In the end, Smith manages to distract his adversary and escape into the fog, but promises to come back.
Video Codec: MPEG-2
Video Bitrate: 8551 Mbps
Video Resolution: 720x480
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 23.976
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: English
RunTime 120 mins
Ripped by: Trinidad [DDR]