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Of Human Bondage (1934)

As we've done the past few months we are cross posting a meetup my the Classic Movie Group.  The movie is being shown at Visible Voice Books, a great little Indi Book Store on the Westside.  It's projected on a screen in their upstairs meeting room, imagine the film strips in High School.  But it's comfy and gives the feeling of watching a film on the big screen.

If people are Interested we'll walk to one of the local eateries around 8 for a late dinner.

So from the  Classic Movie Group's Page.........................


The Classic Movies, Old Time Radio and Nostalgia Group holds their monthly Movie Night in the upstairs of Visible Voice Books.  The room has a big screen that the film is projected on and gives the feeling of being at the show as opposed to watching it at home.  For those of you old enough to remember-think film strips from school.

This Month's Movie is 1934's Of Human Bondage, directed by John Cromwell and is widely regarded by critics as the film that made Bette Davis a star.The screenplay by Lester Cohen is based on the 1915 novel of the same title by W. Somerset Maugham.

Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times said the Maugham novel "has come through the operation of being transferred to the screen in an unexpectedly healthy fashion. It may not possess any great dramatic strength, but the very lifelike quality of the story and the marked authenticity of its atmosphere cause the spectators to hang on every word uttered by the interesting group of characters." He thought Leslie Howard's portrayal "excels any performance he has given before the camera. No more expert illustration of getting under the skin of the character has been done in motion pictures," and he described Bette Davis as "enormously effective."

At the time Leslie Howard was a major star.  Now most remember him as Ashley Wilkes from Gone With The Wind.  But from the 1914 til his early death in 1943 Howard was a big star on both sides of the Atlantic, on both the screen and stage. Howard was active in anti-Nazi propaganda and reputedly involved with British or Allied Intelligence, which may have led to his death in 1943 when his airliner was shot down over the sea, sparking conspiracy theories regarding his death.  He was one of the first triple threats in Hollywood.  Directing, Producing and Starring in some of his movies. His most famous for which he did all three was Pygmallion (1938) which he directed and produced while playing Henry Higgins.  He also was such a large Broadway Star that he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

This will be the 2cd in a monthly series featuring Leslie Howard. Last Month was The Petrified Forest and Next Month we'll be showing Pygmallion.

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  • Jims

    Movie was fine not great, but still pretty good. I have decided that one of life's travesties is how little known Leslie Nelson is, but he is a decent actor

    May 17, 2012

  • Heather

    interesting movie! great conversation afterwards!

    May 17, 2012

  • Kathleen

    Wish I could go! I love these classic films, but Wednesdays aren't good for me.

    May 11, 2012

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