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Leslie Howard, starring in Pimpernel Smith, declares Earl of Oxford was Shakespeare!

Interesting.  Short YouTube clip from Pempernel Smith.

http://youtu.be/gMuWmVUsg74

Description on YouTube:  Leslie Howard, shortly before his death, starred in and produced Pimpernel Smith, in which he plays “Horatio” Smith, a genteel Cambridge archaeologist who pretends to be searching for a lost Aryan civilization. He is meanwhile actually freeing Jewish victims of the III Reich from the death camps. This clip is excerpted for your viewing education, kindness the doctrine of “fair use,” from Howard’s classic film. Why Howard, who produced the film, and his screenwriters, chose to have Smith introduce Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, into the film remains today a subject for contemporary dispute.

More details about the movie:

Release Date: 1941   Duration: 121 min

Cast: Leslie Howard, Ian Dalrymple, Anatole de Grunwald, Muir Mathieson, Francis L. Sullivan, Percy Walsh, David Tomlinson, Mary Morris, Allan Jeayes, Roddy Hughes, Roland Pertwee, Ben Williams …MORE

Cast: Leslie Howard, Ian Dalrymple, Anatole de Grunwald, Muir Mathieson, Francis L. Sullivan, Percy Walsh, David Tomlinson, Mary Morris, Allan Jeayes, Roddy Hughes, Roland Pertwee, Ben Williams, Raymond Huntley, Phillip Friend, Jack Hildyard, Peter Gawthorne LESS

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The “Scarlet Pimpernel” legend is updated to WW2 in the breathless actioner Pimpernel Smith. Leslie Howard (who also directed) plays bespectacled and seemingly mild-mannered Professor Smith, who under cover of darkness transforms into a tireless… MORE

The “Scarlet Pimpernel” legend is updated to WW2 in the breathless actioner Pimpernel Smith. Leslie Howard (who also directed) plays bespectacled and seemingly mild-mannered Professor Smith, who under cover of darkness transforms into a tireless defender of democracy. With the help of several loyal companions, Smith makes several forays into Nazi-occupied territories to rescue the oppressed victims of the Third Reich, using a phony archeological expedition to throw the villains off the track. The picture really roars into life during the cat-and-mouse exchanges between the Professor and his Gestapo antagonist Von Graum, phlegmatically enacted by the corpulent Francis L. Sullivan. In some markets, Pimpernel Smith was retitled Mister V. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi LESS

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Famed Shakespearean Actor Reads the “Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare”

I’m delighted to be able to pass along this bit of news.  I just happened to notice this recently and I found it to be a special treat.  Visitors to the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition’s website can now listen to famed Shakespearean actor Michael York read the text of the “Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare.”  Yes it’s easy enough to read the Declaration yourself, but it really is enjoyable to listen to Michael York’s rendering of the Declaration.  Well worth the investment of less than 30 minutes.

So go ahead.  Click on the link below.  Once you’re on the SAC’s homepage, simply follow instructions and click on the play button and you’ll immediately begin listening to Michael York’s distinctive voice.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy listening and learning.  Matthew

http://doubtaboutwill.org/declaration_with_audio