"Gad, if it wasn't for our fox hunting and pheasant shooting, I dare say we should be cruel, too."
"That, Sir Percy, is the last word in cuffs!"
"Oh gad, I should hope so, for there should never be another like it."
A film of consummate wit, playfulness and charm, Korda's wonderful and lavish 1934 London Film production of The Scarlet Pimpernel is one I've adored for three decades, and which I'm admittedly highly overrating (consider it an outlier or an act of provocation, if you will). It looks and plays better now than it ever has, especially as the restored print opens it up vividly and blows away all those horrible public domain copies that plagued the VHS days.…