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.

Leslie Howard on the set of The Lamp Still Burns

Last picture taken in this country of Leslie Howard. He is seen supervising
his last film The Lamp Still Burns

 

On the set of 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

On the set of The Lamp Still Burns

The sterilizing room is perfect in all details; fitted with every article of modern surgical equipment

On the set of The Lamp Still Burns

Surgical instruments are sterilized, ready for the surgeon. Equipment has been loaned by hospitals

On the set of The Lamp Still Burns

The most modern anaesthetizing equipment is used. Trolley carries cylinders of ether and chloroform

On the set of The Lamp Still Burns

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

On the set of The Lamp Still Burns

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

On the set of The Lamp Still Burns

Real nurses from hospitals assisted during operation scene so that details were correct. Here is one of them

On the set of The Lamp Still Burns

The operation is an intricate one. Here the surgeon who assists the specialist swabs the open wound

The Lamp Still Burns

Love interest. The patient recovers. He is wealthy; gives £20,000 to ameliorate nursing conditions

(Illustrated, June 26, 1943)

 

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