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February 20, 2008


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Sorry, Richard E. "Cold Fish" Grant--eugh! He was a horrible Scarlet Pimpernel. No, Lynn's and my all-time favorite Pimpernel was played by Anthony Andrews in the 1982 version. Lynn has been known to utter on random occasions, "The north country in the middle of the night? How bizarre!" Jane Seymour would be proud.


Two Scarlet Pimpernels? Who knew?


Part of my misspent youth was watching too many old movies on TV, including the Leslie Howard 1930-something version of the Pimpernel. While he's playing the fop, he announces to friends that he's made up a poem about the Pimpernel "during the busiest time of the day," -- while tying his cravat:
"They seek him here,
They seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!
Is he is Heaven,
Is he in Hell?
That damned elusive Pimpernel!"

Does Anthony Andrews recite poetry?


Most definitely, but when they get to "hell", the people giggle because, of course, they could not utter such a coarse word. Ian McKellen plays a wonderful Chauvelin.

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