An Unexpected Treasure
Movie Lover: Robert Huggins
Suburban Philadelphia, PA
-- August, 10, 2006
"The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel" was an early television production for Harry Alan Towers' Towers of London production company and starred Marius Goring in the title role. Goring had also been involved in an earlier Scarlet Pimpernel radio show in the early 1950s in England, and was a co-producer of this series.
The production design for this series is impressive, but one wishes that it had been filmed in color rather than black & white, to better display the elaborate costumes. In addition to Goring, there are some excellent British character actors in this series, including Alexander Gauge ("Friar Tuck" in "The Adventures of Robin Hood"), Patrick Troughton (numerous films and television shows, including a stint as "Dr. Who") and Anthony Newlands. But the biggest surprise of all is in the fourth episode on this DVD, "Tale of Two Pigtails." According to IMDB.com, Peter O'Toole makes his very first credited screen appearance as a bumbling French soldier in this episode. This is an unexpected delight to see and well worth the cost of the DVD for fans of this great actor.
Alpha has actually released a fifth episode of this entertaining series; it appears on their Christmas Adventure Classics DVD. "The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel" is highly recommended for fans of the classic costume adventure series of the 1950s.