"Pimpernel" Smith

1941 anti-Nazi thriller movie directed by Leslie Howard / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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"Pimpernel" Smith (released in the USA as Mister V) is a 1941 British anti-Nazi thriller,[1] produced and directed by its star Leslie Howard, which updates his role in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) 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".[2]

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"Pimpernel" Smith
Directed byLeslie Howard
Written byA. G. Macdonell
Screenplay byAnatole de Grunwald
Ian Dalrymple (uncredited)
Story byA. G. Macdonell
Wolfgang Wilhelm
Based on"Pimpernel" Smith (story)
by A. G. Macdonell The Scarlet Pimpernel (novel)
by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Produced byLeslie Howard
Harold Huth (associate)
StarringLeslie Howard
Francis L. Sullivan
Mary Morris
CinematographyMutz Greenbaum
Edited bySidney Cole
Douglas Myers
Music byJohn Greenwood
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 26 July 1941 (1941-07-26) (UK)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film helped to inspire the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg to lead a 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.[3]