IA #60: ‘Pimpernel’ Smith (1941)

 'Pimpernel' Smith (1941) on IMDb

Leslie Howard directed, co-produced, and starred in ‘Pimpernel’ Smith, an echo of Howard’s earlier role as The Scarlet Pimpernel. In this movie, set in then-present-day Europe, Howard portrays a man who pretends to be an archeologist while actually working to free inmates from Nazi concentration camps.

This movie had real-life effects. Winston Churchill chose it to be shown on his battleship in August 1941 as he travelled across the Atlantic for a secret conference with FDR. It also inspired Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg to rescue tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi concentration camps during the last months of the Second World War. The least we can do is offer it in the Internet Archive Top 100.