Forsyth Hardy

Exit of a Pimpernel

In Search of My Father

By Ronald Howard

Kimber 255pp £9.75 order from our bookshop

When I met Leslie Howard at Denham studios there was talk of a film about Bonnie Prince Charlie that Korda was planning to make with Howard as Charles Edward Stuart. He knew the hazards (and others were to discover how great they were) but he said he was attracted by the rôle since he thought of the Prince as a symbol of youthful idealism. It might well have worked. As he showed in Pimpernel Smith and The First of the Few, Howard could inject a firm sense of purpose into the posture of languorous elegance he often adopted on the screen. He might even have persuaded the Clan Chiefs not to turn back at Derby and march on London.

Subscribe to read the full article

University of Chicago Press

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'Costume of the life force? Words fail.' Germaine Greer on an ode to the condom ,
    • It's Write on Kew for the next four days. There are free copies of Literary Review about; why not dip your toe into the magazine?,
    • Which sci-fi author time-travelled to ancient Rome and lived a parallel life a persecuted Christian named Thomas? ,
    • You can pick up free copies of Literary Review at Write On Kew, which begins tomorrow. Fill your boots (with magazines).,
    • Michael Burleigh reads a survey of the rise of Asia ,
    • The Book of Kells, the Codex Amiatinus and the Carmina Burana: manuscript celebrities ,
    • 'Her bias is firmly towards all that is subterranean, hidden, buried, cavernous': Gillian Tindall explores Crossrail ,