Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Elusive Pimpernel is a silent-film adaptation of Baroness Orczy's adventure novel The Scarlet Pimpernel. Repeating his stage role, Cecil Humphreys plays Sir Percy Blakeney: 18th-century British fop by day, dashing rescuer of French aristocrats by night. To maintain his cover, Blakeney must make himself as despicable as possible to his wife (Marie Blanche); he loves her, but also realizes that she may be sympathetic to the cause of the French revolutionaries. Determined to end the activities of the Scarlet Pimpernel (aka Sir Percy) is the grim, foreboding Chauvelin (Norman Page). From all reports, Elusive Pimpernel was a major improvement on the general run of British feature films in the late 'teens.
costume, disguise, English [nationality], France, nobility, reign-of-terror, rescue, revolution