Leslie Howard directing “Pimpernel” Smith

First Day on the New Film

(Picture Post, February 8, 1941)

Mary Morris and Leslie Howard

Mary Morris Gets Her First Instructions
In the hairdressing room at Denham, her part is explained by Leslie Howard. He not only plays the male lead. He is part-author, director and producer of “Pimpernel Smith”

Mary Morris and Leslie Howard

“You Come In Just Over There”
Leslie Howard gives her final orders. “When you get to the white line,” he tells her, “start saying your lines.”

Leslie Howard and Mary Morris on the set

The Scene Where She Makes Her First Entry
A reception at the British Embassy in Berlin. Leslie Howard has a last word with Mary Morris on the steps. Around are diplomats, officials, guests.

Leslie Howard directs

Leslie Howard Directs Mary Morris
“Now, Miss Morris, don’t be nervous. We’re ready to start when you are.”

Leslie Howard directs

He Shoots The Scene Again
“No, no. Just a little over the left. Then down the three stairs slowly…”

Leslie Howard directs

He Explains What He Wants To An Actor
The Nazi Gestapo official is played by Raymond Huntley. On left is Mary Morris. In “Pimpernel Smith” they have a two-minute scene together

Leslie Howard directs

All Seems To Be Going Well
“That’s good! Now turn round as the Gestapo man speaks to you…”

Leslie Howard directs

…But He Still Isn’t Satisfied
“No. Something is missing. Something important. I’ll have to think it out.”

Mary Morris and Leslie Howard

After Three Hours They Still Work on
For three-and-half hours they rehearse and shoot the two-minute scene. At last Howard approves it, and the day’s work is over.

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