'Pimpernel' Smith ★★★★

In the Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), Leslie Howard saves French Aristocrats from the guillotine; in Pimpernel Smith, Howard saves men imprisoned in German concentration camps. In both films, the daring and courageous Pimpernel hides behind a mild-mannered, abstracted public persona.

A tense and entertaining melodrama as intrepid Howard stealthily carries out his mission and matches wits with wily Nazi Francis L. Sullivan who burns to capture the unknown raider.