The playbills shown are almost exact copies of those in the Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre Collection down to listing the actual actors that performed with Garrick. They omit other acts on the bill, including the fact that 'Richard III' was followed by "entertainment of dancing The Virgin Unmask'd". See more »
Anyone who claims that anything directed by an 'auteur' is automatically more worthy of your time than a film by a mere 'metteur en scene' should be forced to spend all eternity watching 'A Song is Born' and 'Donovan's Reef' at least three times a day.
Having endured so many dreary films directed by Herbert Wilcox, I am prepared to concede him at least two decent films: this and 'Laughing Anne' (1953). I saw 'Nell Gwynn' (1934) about twenty-five years ago and was very unimpressed with it; and and have always been more interested in seeing this. Today I finally got my wish and it proved a double-whammy: a sequel better than the original and an enjoyable film by Mr Wilcox. It can happen!
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