The guillotine takes its deadly toll as The Terror rules Paris. But Citizen Robespierre is annoyed. Victim after victim slips through his fingers and crosses the channel to England, all through the infernal machinations of that "Damned elusive Pimpernel." Into the background of eighteenth century France and England Leslie Howard fits like a package of cigarettes in cleophane. As the uncannily clever schemer disguised as an old hag, as the suave nobleman who courts, death to save his friends, the nobles of the French court, as the fastidious fop who advises the Prince of Wales on the proper jabeau, Howard is equally superb.
"The Scarlet Pimpernel" is a film which has already received too much praise to be spoiled by trite phrases here. The Playgoer recommends it strongly, even to those romantic souls who must have their Hollywood endings. Need we say, yes, we might as well, Merle Oberon is a young lady who makes Hollywood endings a real pleasure, indeed, a delight to the eye.
Of the other picture at the University now, a word of praise for Allen Jenkins and William Gargan, for the rest of the cast, the director, and the whole movie--well, we wont say anything because we believe in the old Latin proverb which says "de mortuis nil nisi bonum."