Leslie Howard’s Hamlet

beautiful article, thank you for the links ..

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In one of my previous posts, Leslie Howard’s Hamlet Praised, I reproduced a review published in The Lewiston Daily Sun of November 17, 1936.

Here I give you the links to other documents related to Leslie Howard’s Hamlet. I think these documents are worth reading; Leslie Howard’s production deserves more attention than it generally receives, being often and quite hastily dismissed as a failure. It wasn’t. The production was favourably reviewed in Boston and Philadelphia, and after the “limited engagement” at the Imperial Theatre (though the production was flourishing at the box-office, Leslie was annoyed with the unhappy situation and closed the play in December 1936), the long tour around the United States was a great success.

Just a note, to point out–quite ironically, if you allow me–that one of the most severe judgements (a venomous one, though mitigated in a subsequent article) was expressed by John Mason Brown, the same critic who, in an article published…

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Percy Bysshe Shelley – I Fear Thy Kisses…

Im only now beginning to appreciate poetry and I feel there is more meaning in those lines than I can ever fathom!

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‘I fear thy kisses, gentle maiden;
Thou needest not fear mine;
My spirit is too deeply laden
Ever to burden thine.

I fear thy mien, thy tones, thy motion;
Thou needest not fear mine;
Innocent is the heart’s devotion
With which I worship thine.’

P.S. Shelley is mentioned in one episode of Darling Buds of May, when Primrose falls in love with Roger, a Liverpool lad. When the two met, Primrose was sitting outdoors and reading Shelley’s poems out loud, and Roger dared to say that Shelley is ‘soft’. How very rude! Shelley is by far my favourite poet of Romanticism, despite the fact that I’ve named my blog after Byron. I’m not a big fan of the show though, but my mum is, and she had to tease me about Shelley. Ma comforted Primrose at the end, telling her ‘You’ll…

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Metaseries: ‘Out on a Limb’ at the Dawn of the New Age

Though it does feel unreal, she has made it so believable with her narration!
Thank you for this post.

The Intermediate Period


Shirley MacLaine outlined her New Age beliefs in 1983’s best-selling Out on a Limb. The actress, singer, dancer, and political activist explained how she had come to embrace concepts like reincarnation, trance channelling, and human contact with extraterrestrials from the Pleiades. In 1987, MacLaine starred as herself in a five-hour ABC miniseries based on her book, which she co-produced and adapted for television with Colin Higgins.* A medium advised MacLaine that the deceased filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had served as Out on a Limb’s paranormal script doctor. MacLaine shared this detail in 1987’s It’s All in the Playing, the book she wrote about the experience of writing, casting, and playing herself in the miniseries based on her autobiography. The self-reflexive genius of the projects is unmatched. Watching the film and then reading the book is like standing in between two mirrors, each one reflecting endlessly back onto the…

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The Very Edge (1963)

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Good suspense as a former London model is being stalked by a man who will stop at nothing to get to her.

Tracey Lawrence (Anne Heywood) is happily married to architect Geoffrey (Richard Todd). She’s pregnant and her pal is Selina (Verina Greenlaw) the little girl next door. At his office Geoffrey is good at his job but his office is a mess. His boss Crawford has his secretary Helen (Nicole Maury) assigned to him to get things straightened out.

Selina drops in on Tracey because she fell and cut her knee and arm. Tracey treats her. When she’s out of the room Selina pours some powder in the mixture she was treated with. Selina goes home. Now Tracey has another visitor (Jeremy Brett). He breaks in and starts to attack her. Geoffrey comes home early and the man runs off. She managed to toss some of…

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Watching Sherlock Holmes “The Master Blackmailer” (1992): Seduction and Guilt

Wish the video was available. Still, beautifully put.
I remember reading the story long back, when I was more interested in the deductions and not on the human aspect. As I’ve grown older, I pay more attention to the emotional angle than the plot line.
You are right about one thing. The handling of the character Sherlock is quite different in Granada Holmes and in the BBC Sherlock adaptations.
Jeremy Brett has always made the character look like a perfect gentleman even with all his idiosyncratic attitudes. Would love to watch him play the conscientious side. Hope to, one day.
Reading your analysis, I feel like they have done an excellent job in creating a very human angle to Conan Doyle’s Holmes. Something that Jeremy Brett is so capable of pulling off!
Thank you for the post.

The Victorian Sage

The classic Granada series with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes was coming to the end of its run when they decided to tackle Doyle’s story “Charles Augustus Milverton”, a work which features “the most unpleasant villain in the entire Sherlockian canon” (David Stuart Davies, “Introduction”, The Best of Sherlock Holmes, Wordsworth, 2009). Rather than the standard 50-minute episode, they apportioned it a feature-length 100 minutes. How to make a 20-page story last 100 minutes? By simply expanding the acts, in this case, and not really complicating Doyle’s story at all. The story, about how Holmes and Watson decide to burgle the house of a blackmailer too smart to be defeated by legal means, and then witness his murder by an angry victim of his blackmailing shenanigans, is a simple and linear one. It’s notable, too, that there’s no mystery, no clever clues to be unravelled – rather, it gets…

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