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Sunday-Night Theatre: The Scarlet Pimpernel

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A television adaptation of the play by Baroness Orczy and Montague Barstow.
[Starring] Tony Britton, Harriette Johns
The action of the play takes place in Paris. Dover, London, and Calais in 1792 during the French Revolution.

They seek him here, they seek him there... Baroness Orczy's inspiration of the Scarlet Pimpernel gave her material for many stories, but this revival of one of television drama's most successful productions is again based on the play she and Montague Barstow made for Fred Terry. It is indeed an evergreen (or should it be ever-scarlet?) romantic adventure story with all the necessary colourful ingredients: the mysterious unknown Englishman who smuggles French aristocrats away from the guillotine during the Terror that followed the French Revolution in 1789, leaving by way of a clue to his identity only a drawing of the little English wayside flower whose name gives the play its title; and the beautiful, unhappy Marguerite St.


Baroness Orczy
Montague Barstow
Michael Barry
Patricia Kirshner
Reece Pemberton
Captain of the Guard:
John Horsley
Clive Revill
Richard Burrell
Sir Percy Blakeney:
Tony Britton
De Grignon:
Peter Cellier
Robert Shaw
Peter Stephens
Willoughby Goddard
Maureen O'Reilly
Douglas Wilmer
Lord Anthony Dewhurst:
Hugh Latimer
Sir Andrew Ffoulkes:
Ronald Howard
Comtesse de Tournai:
Noel Hood
Vicomte de Tournai:
William Russell
Suzanne de Tournai:
Diana Lambert
Lady Blakeney:
Harriette Johns
Armand St Just:
Eric Lander
Prince of Wales:
Jack May
Lord Grenville:
Jefferson Clifford
Lady Portarles:
Evelyn Moore
Gerald C. Lawson
Mere Brogard:
Everley Gregg
Comte de Tournai:
Norman Tyrrell
Other parts played by:
David Cahill
Other parts played by:
Geoffrey Wilmer
Other parts played by:
Alexis Milne
Other parts played by:
Olga Camilleri
Other parts played by:
Marilyn Ridge

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