Leslie Howard’s Last Film (1943)
Leslie Howard’s Last Film
Ten years ago Leslie Howard, whose acting had newly taken New York and London by storm, turned down a fortune in Hollywood.
“I want to be free to control my own destiny,” he said then.
To be a matinée idol, a famous movie star, a box-office draw, had no attractions for Leslie Howard. Personal glory meant little to him. His ambition was for deeper, more important things.
War gave him opportunities. After Playing in such films as The 49th Parallel and The First of the Few, he turned to film direction and production, appearing only as a voice off-stage in The Gentle Sex, story of the ATS. In his last film, The Lamp Still Burns (pictured on these pages) he supervised, but did not appear at all.
Leslie Howard was a broadcaster of note, a member of the B.B.C. Brains Trust, a lecturer in this country and abroad. He was one of Britain’s most effective propagandists. He died as he would have wished–in the service of his country.
Last picture taken in this country of Leslie Howard. He is seen supervising
his last film The Lamp Still Burns
Hospital is background of The Lamp Still Burns, film tribute to the nursing profession. Rosamund John plays the part of Hilary Clark, woman architect who becomes a student nurse. Here she waits in the sterilizing room
The sterilizing room is perfect in all details; fitted with every article of modern surgical equipment
Surgical instruments are sterilized, ready for the surgeon. Equipment has been loaned by hospitals
The most modern anaesthetizing equipment is used. Trolley carries cylinders of ether and chloroform
Operating table is the most up to date. Operation sequences are accurate. The new probationer is on theatre duty for the first time. The patient is the man she loves
In the operating theatre are cases of surgical instruments. All technical scenes were conducted under the direction of the theatre supervisor of the London Hospital
Real nurses from hospitals assisted during operation scene so that details were correct. Here is one of them
The operation is an intricate one. Here the surgeon who assists the specialist swabs the open wound
Love interest. The patient recovers. He is wealthy; gives £20,000 to ameliorate nursing conditions
(Illustrated, June 26, 1943)