Based on the characters created by Baroness Orczy. This is a fun series that only lasted eighteen episodes. Marius Goring plays the title role. He stays in the shadows and saves English citizens caught up in the Reign of Terror in France. Stanley Van Beers plays Chauvelin who is obsessed with capturing him.
Opening episode:February 24,1955 – “The Hostage” w/Robert Shaw – Sir Percy Blakeney is a total twit. He’s a member of Sir Rupert’s court. Visiting is Chauvelin who promises to capture the Scarlet Pimpernel. Blakeney takes Lord Anthony Dewhurst (Robert Shaw) aside. They plot a trip to France to rescue Baroness Suzanne de Fleury (Yvonne Furneaux) who is being held in France by Chauvelin. Blakeney is the Scarlet Pimpernel.
They go to France and hire a coach. Blakeney buys the coach and has Newhurst drive it near a group of soldiers where it looks like he broke a wheel. The Pimpernel uses gold and his sword to rescue the Baroness. He keeps in the shadows because no one is supposed to see his face.
The Baroness doesn’t want to go to England. Turns out Chauvelin is holding her young son hostage. He promises to get her son back and she says she’ll wait in Calais. The coachman says he can identify the Pimpernel. He’s brought into Chauvelin’s office while Blakeney and Newhurst are there. A stunt with some snuff lets them leave before they can be identified. Blakeney gets the coachman and disguises himself to look just like him. He gets a job with Chauvelin to clean up around his office.
Time to put his rescue plan into effect.
Marius Goring also starred in the TV series “The Expert” as Professor John Hardy (1968-76).
Robert Shaw starred as Captain Dan Tempest in the pirate series “The Buccaneers” (1956-57) before exploding on the big screen.