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Always A Pleasure To See
Barrymore a laugh,so hammy.Love the Baz,Leslie a delight,as Ms Norma!
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
The costumes in this movie are just breathtaking.....such art in the form of fashion. I will agree that although the actors were much older than the characters' age, it mattered not......as a huge Leslie Howard fan, this is performace ranks up there with Gone With the Wind and the Petrified Forest. I love the uniqueness this brought to the story. Everything from the set design to the costumes, makes it just a wonderful film.
The Only Thing To Fear Was Jack Barrymore
- Bag Bumstear
This is a marvelous production.Reading about Barrymore's exploits and interfering with a smooth shooting,it was brilliant in the final proof.Basil deserved Oscar nomination,and praise,no matter how limited his role,he was beautiful!His skill in fencing alone was worth price of admission.Nothing wrong wit Leslie or Norma,we are talking acting,not real life,but reel life!No matter the casting,everyone was a classic in a classic.
This was around the time of Mr Thalberg's death.All did great jobs,who cares if anyone was too old,they were active enough,and recited their lines well
Romeo and Juliet (1936)
- Mark Sutch
- Laura J
I wanted to see this movie because the cast is top notch. However I didnt think it would keep my interest for 2+ hours. However, I was pleasantly suprised and if you are a fan of Norma Shearer or Leslie Howard or any of the other cast members then I think you will enjoy the movie.
This is a much better version
- Jeffrey Kenison
I think this version is better compared to the 1968 remake. I especially like the cast including Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, etc. First time I've ever seen Andy Devine in Shakespearean film.
'68 version was much better
This is a nice romp, but unlike the 1968 Zefferelli version, most of the actors, including Shearer and Howard, are too 30s Hollywood cool to evoke any real passion for or against each other. They're like Astaire and Rogers, not Hussey and Whiting. The exception is Basil Rathbone playing Tybalt--as usual, a brilliant performance which won him an oscar nomination. Howard and Shearer are better doing the solilquies for their parts--that's worth watching, especially near the end.