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Exalting Leslie Howard
- Will Fox
Born April 3, 1893, Leslie Howard Steiner was one of two sons of Hungarian immigrant to England, a London stockbroker married in 1892. Debonair Englishman LH excelled, playing disillusioned intellectuals and gallant gentlemen on stages and screens in Britain and America for about 30 years. Painfully shy as a child traumatized by World War I, LH turned to the theater for therapy. Acclaimed in London, then in America on Broadway in the 1920s, he debuted Hollywood in "Outward Bound" (1930, intriguing allegory of "crossing over" on oceanliner to Heaven or else, 3.5-stars). "The Animal Kingdom" (1933, 3.5 stars) followed with publisher LH besotted by free-spirited Ann Harding, while married to manipulative Myrna Loy. Ditto depressing Bette Davis in "Of Human Bondage" (1933). He is best remembered for four, 4-stars roles: 1) swashbuckling hero in "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934), 2) wandering wise writer meets dreamer Davis and escaping gangster Bogart in "Petrified Forrest" (1936), 3) witty egoist, Prof. Henry Higgins in "Pygmalion" (aka "My Fair Lady," 1938, 4 stars for director star LH), and 4) milquetoast Ashley Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Despite his success, Howard held Hollywood in contempt. "I haven't the slightest intentions of playing another weak, watery character. I've played enough ineffectual characters already." LH told "GWTW" producer David O. Sleznick before accepting his part. In 1940 LH returned to England to fight for freedom. Leslie Howard's airplane shot down by Nazis, June 1, 1943. Exalting Leslie Howard
Outward Bound (1930) needs to be available!
Please make this wonderful classic available on DVD!
This best version needs to be on dvd
- Marla Burke
I agree this is an essential Leslie Howard film for fans to have in their collection. Certainly, it should be shown more frequently on TV. Although I do like John Garfield, Between 2 Worlds just doesn't have the same feel, poignancy, and suspense.
This needs to be made available on DVD
I agree with Ginevra - can this please be released as a DVD? It is an essential Leslie Howard film, and I would love to have the opportunity to own it.
Please, make it available on DVD!
This film is very important for Leslie Howard's fans. We really need to have it released on DVD.
- Susan Leslie Watson
Need this on Video ! Excellent black & white movie about the mystery of life, death, and rewards or not at judgement day. Anxious unknowing. Mysterious edge of seat with surprises. Very thoughtful.
- Sharon Beahm
This is one of the outstanding old movies. I first saw it when I was a child and in terrible pain, with poision oak and ivy. So, the mood of the film suited me well that long night. The movie is so well done is so emotional and mysterious. The actors are passionate and the story weaves so beautifully. Hard to believe that the story takes place on the ship, fog around, it looks like 1 or 2 sets may have been used.. yet it filled up such a large space. Please, please run it again on TMC.. and please release, this original. I have been searching for 30 years to see this movie again.
- Jill Benone
Have seen "Outward Bound" on TV twice; once in 1963 or so and once earlier. I remember it as a perfect example of 1930's mysticism and fantasy (this was the era of Frankenstein and Dracula, remember, as well as a time of obsession with the supernatural). Making allowances for the still clumsy sound and somewhat static cinematography (if I remember correctly), I know I remember being moved by the message: heaven is what you make it on earth -- the snobbish socialite is condemmed to a life of party preparations to which no one will come; her husband will find his old cronies; the petty thief will be allowed to find his own way, unknowingly helped by his mother who gladly follows him; the suicidal young couple is returned to life; and so on. I find the story resonates today. Above all, I agree that a doubl DVD of "Outward Bound" and "Between Two Worlds", the '40s remake, would be an excellent thing!
- Brinna Nanda
I have been waiting to see this movie ever since I found out that "Between Two Worlds" was a remake of this 1930 flick. Mannered acting aside, this deserves to be released on DVD, for its sheer historical value. The 1924 play, on which Outward Bound is based was one of the first to investigate the "bardo" states, which Eastern religion posits as a transitional phase between life and death. This theme (of being dead, and taking some time to figure it out) has gotten a lot a play recently in Hollywood movies, but one can imagine the mind-bending effect it must have had on audiences of this era.
Please TCM, get Outward Bound and Between Two World released on a 2-disc dvd set!!
Hope to see on dvd
- Johnny Bolin
This movie, Outward Bound, and it's sequel, Between Two Worlds would make a great combination on DVD. Hope to see it released this way soon!
Have to see again!
- Marilynn Herman
I caught two-thirds of this movie on TCM and was struck by the great script. I would love to see the whole movie. Could you PLEASE notify me when you plan to air it again? I would be most grateful.Thanks!
Release outward bound to dvd.
- Julian Carter
This fillm has been on my mind since I viewed it on this network 5 years ago and I can not find any print or reproduction anywhere please e-mail me and let me know the next time you plan on airing this film.