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Scarlet Pimpernel, The - English nobleman, Sir Percy Blakeney (Marius Goring) pretending to be a brainless fop, donned the guise of the mysterious "Scarlet Pimpernel" on the syndicated adventure THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL/SYN/1956 to battle the injustice of the French Revolution.

Marius Goring as Sir Percy Blakeney - THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

The Scarlet Pimpernel took his name from the small, red, star-shaped flower that bloomed in the English countryside. In the British movie version of The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), actor Leslie Howard played Lord Blakeney who recited a small poem that described this dashing hero. It read:

"They seek him here.
 They seek him there.
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he from Heaven? Or is he from Hell?
That damn'd elusive Pimpernel."

[The phrase "curs'd elusive Pimpernel" was used for the 1950s TV series.]

This classic tale later resurfaced in two made-for television movies including the 1982 remake starring Anthony Andrews and the 1999 BBC1/A&E production starring Richard E. Grant.

The Scarlet Pimpernel character is based on the 1905 novel "The Scarlet Pimpernel" written by English writer, Baroness Orczy.

The Scarlet Pimpernel - Title Card

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