The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first novel in a series of historical fiction by Baroness Orczy set during the Reign of Terror following
the start of the French Revolution, first published in 1905. The novel was written after Orczy's stage play of the same title enjoyed a long run in London and popular
success earlier in 1905, after a first run in Nottingham in 1903. An adaptation of the 1934 film, featuring Leslie Howard in his original role and Olivia de Havilland
as Marguerite, was produced in 1938 as part of the Lux Radio Theatre series. A radio series based on the novels starring Marius Goring as Blakeney was produced and
syndicated 1952-53 on NBC under the direction of Harry Alan Towers through his Towers of London production company. This series did not include the character of
Marguerite and promoted the character of Lord Antony "Tony" Dewhurst to Blakeney's second-in-command, while the novels' second-in-command, Sir Andrew Ffoulkes,
became a lesser character.