"Why, damn me, Percy, you're brainless, spineless, useless: But you do know clothes!"
Description: Nigel Bruce as Britain’s Prince of Wales offers a backhanded compliment to nobleman Lord Blakeney (Leslie Howard) in the motion picture The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935).
Lord Blakeney is an aristocratic who poses as a dandy and fop while behind the scenes he poses as a mysterious champion of the people of France during the Reign of Terror. Using many disguises, he rescues innocents from the mobs in France and smuggles them to safety in England.
Blakeney's wife Madame Blakeney (Merle Oberon) knows nothing of her husband's extracurricular activities, but she, too feels that the French situation has gotten out of hand, but the pompous Prince of Wales scorns her concerns, saying, "If a country goes mad, it has the right to commit every horror within its walls."
As Lord Blakeney battles the French as The Scarlet Pimpernel, his enemies are confounded by his elusive nature. In a moment of whimsy, Blakeney recites a poem he had written about the notorious, ghostly rebel. It reads: “They seek him here. They seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven? Is he in Hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel?”
See also "The Scarlet Pimpernel" at TV ACRES