The Scarlet Pimpernel


Hollywood took to the Pimpernel early and often, although most of the Pimpernel movies have been based on a melange of the original book and another Orczy novel, Eldorado. The most well-known of the Pimpernel movies is the 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel starring Leslie Howard, which is considered the definitive adaptation by some.


  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1917; silent)
  • The Laughing Cavalier (1917; silent)
  • The Elusive Pimpernel (1919; silent)
  • The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1928)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
  • Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)
  • "Pimpernel" Smith (1941), aka Mister V in the US
  • Pimpernel Svensson (1950)
  • The Elusive Pimpernel (1950), aka The Fighting Pimpernel in the US, starring David Niven as Sir Percy
  • Don't Lose Your Head (1966) aka Carry On Pimpernel — US
  • The Elusive Pimpernel (1969)


  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1997), a 1997 Broadway musical composed by Frank Wildhorn and written by Nan Knighton, the production starred Douglas Sills as Sir Percy Blakeney, Christine Andreas as Marguerite Blakeney, and Terrence Mann as Citizen Chauvelin
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (2008), a Broadway style Japanese adaptation, performed by the popular all-women's Takarazuka Revue in Osaka, Japan


  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1955–1956 British television series)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1960) (TV)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) (TV), starring Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy, Jane Seymour as Marguerite, and Ian McKellen (then known primarily as a stage actor) as Chauvelin
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, two TV series of three episodes each (1999, 2000): "The Scarlet Pimpernel", "Valentin Gautier" [UK title]/"The Scarlet Pimpernel Meets Madame Guillotine" [US title], "The King's Ransom" [UK title]/"The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King" [US title], "Ennui", "Friends and Enemies", "A Good Name"). The BBC production, with Richard E. Grant in the title role and Martin Shaw as Chauvelin, took many liberties with the characters and plot, and was not well received by fans of the books.
  • The Forecourt Pimpernel (2001) (TV)
  • The Black Pimpernel (2006)


  • A radio adaptation of the original novel was produced and syndicated sometime in the 1950s under direction of Harry Allen Towers through his Towers of London production company.

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