Another Hamlet: The Mystery of Leslie Howard

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    Another Hamlet Indeed!, September 26, 2011
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    This review is from: Another Hamlet: The Mystery of Leslie Howard (Paperback)

    Fascinating take on the continued mystery surrounding the death of Leslie Howard. The facts are Leslie Howard was one of 13 passengers killed on the Ibis Flight 777 when it was shot down by eight Nazi JU 88′s. The plane was flying from Lisbon to England and had been safely doing so for quite some time. The fact is he was on a speaking tour in Spain and Portugal at the request of the British government. The questions over the many years since evolve around why the plane was shot down and what was Leslie really doing on this tour. On the face of it he gave lectures on Hamlet and film making. The questions that persist to this day are was he a spy and was he the real target and reason that plane was shot down. The Nazi’s claimed it was an accident. Some think Goebbels ordered the plane shot down because Leslie was on it and he considered Howard the most dangerous propagandist in England. After filming Gone With the Wind, he played Ashley for those who don’t know, Leslie spent the rest of his life fighting the allies, making films, radio broadcasts, many aimed at neutral America before Pearl Harbor, and appearances on behalf of the Allied cause. The implications in the essay and play that the British knew the plane was a target and let Leslie and it fly because of his to many Brits sacrilegious views on the Earl of Oxford is interesting. The only evidence of his views are three scenes in his wonderful “Pimpernel Smith” war propaganda film. The play has it’s fun moments and most of it is based on known facts of Leslie’s life, including his affair with Merle Oberon and his beloved Violette. It would make an interesting movie.

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    No evidence he really thought the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare, May 23, 2012
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    I wish people would stop with this drivel. While Howard may have played with the idea in the scripting of Pimpernel Smith, there is nothing beyond that to base a book on his thinking the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare. Howard’s life was dramatic enough. Conspiracy theories in WWII were true and plentiful enough. But inferring the Brits let him be murdered by the Nazi’s cuz he MAY have had a different literary opinion is irresponsible and shoddy. Don’t waste your time.

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