'Pimpernel' Smith (1941)

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Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.


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28 March 2000 | tom.mack
10
| Great Movie, wish there was more like this!
"Pimpernel Smith" is one of the most classic movies you will ever find in the World War II era. It will ever serve as a reminder that in 1941, the world did indeed know of the existence of Concentration Camps. It will further be a testament to the murders committed there with the statement by Dr. Benkendorf (Allen Jeayes, excepting Leslie Howard, the only man to play in both Pimpernel movies) "My business is to cure, not to kill!"

What makes this movie is not the plot, but the little subplots that surround the movie. You cannot watch this movie just once; it takes several times before you catch all the subtilties. Leslie Howard is just full of them in this movie.

But even more interesting is the character development. We watch Professor Smith go from a hardened academic to a gentile, but compassionate man. We watch the students go from being boys to men, and we learn from Ludmilla Koz about what kind of courage a lady can have.

By all means, watch this movie and watch it a lot. It will teach you in many ways.

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Trivia

The film opens in Spring 1939; the British Embassy reception takes place on Thursday 16th August (which was actually a Wednesday that year), and in the closing scenes Germany is about to invade Poland, which occurred on 1 September 1939.


Quotes

Dr. Benckendorf: I think I shall be got safely away. I wouldn't be the first.
Sidimir Koslowski: Then you'll go on with your work somewhere else, out of the reach of the Nazis.
Dr. Benckendorf: Of course.
Sidimir Koslowski: You always refused to work for them, haven't you?
Dr. Benckendorf: I would sooner die. My business is to cure, not...


Goofs

At the reception in the English embassy, Professor Smith misquotes Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. He mispronounces "borogoves" in the third line of the poem as "borogroves".


Crazy Credits

Opening credits: The tale we are about to unfold to you is a fantasy. None of its characters are living persons. But it is based on the exploits of a number of courageous men who were and are still risking their lives daily to aid those unfortunate people of many nationalities who are being persecuted and exterminated by the Nazis. To these champions of freedom this story is dedicated.


Alternate Versions

This film was cut and retitled 'Mister V' for its first American release in the early 1940s. Some versions censor the response from Hugh McDermott's character "I'd do my damndest..." in response to a question posed by Leslie Howard's character at a table in a café.


Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
(uncredited)
Composed by
Johann Strauss

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Adventure | Drama | Thriller | War

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