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Leslie Howard (1962)

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Photographic stills and an off-screen narrator describe the movie career of English-born Leslie Howard (1893-1943), a stage actor until his first screen appearance at 37. His breakthrough ... See full summary »

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Photographic stills and an off-screen narrator describe the movie career of English-born Leslie Howard (1893-1943), a stage actor until his first screen appearance at 37. His breakthrough role was "Smiling Through," with Norma Shearer. He continued to go back and forth from Hollywood to England and to work on stage as well as in films - acting, producing, and directing. His female co-stars included several in their first major role. He died over the Bay of Biscayne, his plane shot down by Germans who thought Churchill was on board. His signature style was brains over brawn, embodying the masculine values of self-reliance, courage, and honor. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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25 August 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hollywood Hist-o-rama: Leslie Howard (1961)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lasting anywhere between three and four minutes, the Hollywood HIST-O-RAMA series shouldn't be looked at as some sort of documentary that's going to tell you everything about the subject. After all, with such a short running time it would be impossible to go into great details about anything but I'm sure people back when this was made would have at least enjoyed them.

Leslie Howard is the subject of this episode as we hear about his history on stage before coming to Hollywood where he would make it big thanks to films like THE ANIMAL KINGDOM and OF HUMAN BONDAGE. From here we learn about movies like INTERMEZZO: A LOVE STORY and of course his biggest picture GONE WITH THE WIND. The documentary ends reminding people that Howard gave his life during WWII when his plane was shot down over the Bay of Biscay. As I've said during other episodes, if you're looking for a complete documentary then you're not going to find it here but if you just want to see how this series "reminded" people of these stars then this here is pretty fun to watch. You're certainly not going to learn a great deal but the episode, and series, remain fun.


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