Thanks so much for posting this Karen.Other readers may be interested in the earlier Introductory Clip "The Mystery of Flight 777" which gives a broader explanation of the documentary project. - And readers may be very VERY surprised to hear who the urbane voice-over man in the clip really is... (Hint: Leslie Howard saved his life, in a really odd way...!)Click: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=36389733Cheers from Jameshttp://lesliehowardsociety.multiply.com/
Hooray, James! Thanks so much for your comment and posting the MySpace clip. When I first saw that video a few months ago, I was stunned -- and determined to help bring the project to completion.So James, are you a Leslie fan? Are you excited about and participating in the project? Do tell!
Hi Karen,I'm not part of the film project but I wish them all the best. My main interest is not directly as an LH fan, but rather I've been studying the many odd angles to the story of the shooting down of Leslie's Plane in 1943. (For instance, in case you've never seen it, check out the description of Leslie's activities on: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=kc9SZQybGV0C&lpg=PA96&ots=SjbBfXThb1&dq=%22leslie%20howard%22%20%22hilda%20monte%22&pg=PA96 )(Although I can't help being interested by other parts of Leslie's biography, such as the fact that he didn't really attend the expensive Dulwich College - see http://lesliehowardsociety.multiply.com/journal/item/201, and he didn't really go to France in WW1 see http://lesliehowardsociety.multiply.com/photos/album/40/Military )Cheers from James.
Hi James!Interesting re: the filming of Pimpernel Smith. Yet another bit of info re: his final trip, but with much mystery that is likely to remain so for awhile, since the documents keep being resealed. I've read a lot of sources on the shooting down of the plane and am friends with Ivan Sharp whose grandfather died on the plane.Thomas Hamilton, who is making the biography of Leslie, is also doing a film on the Mystery of Flight 777. More info on that will be forthcoming.I try to get into the blog areas but it says it won't let "nonmembers." Hey, I'm a member. Not sure why I can't get there.I have heard about his not attending Dulwich, but I did find on the internet that there is no record of him being sent to France. Alas, the shell shock story is not true, I guess. I am reminded of how Hollywood biographies often take liberty with facts and wonder when the shell shock bit was added. Would be interesting research.
Hi Karen, To see my Dulwich College blog and others linked above, you should be able to enter your Multiply membership sign-in at top left-hand side of that non-members page. (Sorry about the inconvenience, after that your access will be automatic.) - Or anyone else can create a new ID at top centre of the non-members page before clicking my links again. Re "shell shock" - LH resigned from the British Army while this was still legally possible (just!) in 1916. (The introduction of Conscription in Britain meant that such things were being rapidly restricted at the time. Leslie's marriage to Ruth in Colchester - his unit's base in Southern England - also coincided with a time when the exclusion of married men from overseas service was just being removed...) Leslie was definitely not "discharged" because of shell shock - he never left England. But interestingly, if you look at the medical report on http://lesliehowardsociety.multiply.com/photos/album/40/Military, he had earlier claimed to be suffering from "Neurasthenia" - Nerves - which was also the diagnosis given to British Army officers who were genuinely suffering from shell shock (these days "Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder"). - But note that the Medical Board dismissed Leslie's claim and recommended "plenty of work"! (I do suspect that Leslie's "German" surname -Steiner - may have caused him a lot of trouble in the Army. Many Anglo-Germans in the UK changed their names at this stage, even the British Royal Family, who became the "Windsors"!) Cheers from James.
Ok, I still can't get at the blogs or photos and I am logged in. It says "This blog entry is being shared with group members" and I just see the wallpaper. Any ideas?
Hi Karen,OK, that's the same response that I get if I "sign out" of Multiply. So the first thing to do is to make sure that you're properly "signed in" to Multiply. For instance, see if you can click on your "Inbox" tab and see your own information there. The next thing to check is that you're still a member of the Multiply Leslie Howard Society. On your "Inbox" page, look in the left-hand margin under the heading "Groups", and you should see "Leslie Howard Society" listed. If all of those things check out, then clicking any of the specific topic links above should take you to that topic directly. Please let me know if you're still having trouble after doing those checks.Another thing that may interest you there are some great new photos of Leslie's visit to Madrid, speaking about "An Actor's Approach to Hamlet" in front of the Ambassador and dignitaries in the British Council, partying with Conchita Montenegro and attending the famous Flamenco party where he received the ominous fortune-telling.http://lesliehowardsociety.multiply.com/photos/album/93/Madrid_press_photosCheers from James.
Sigh. I made sure I was logged into Multiply. The Leslie Howard Society was not listed as a group. I searched for The Leslie Howard Society, Leslie Howard Society, lesliehowardsociety, Leslie Howard -- the search does not find it. This is a total pain.Any further help you can give would be most appreciated.Thanks for your time again. :-)Karen
Dear Karen,So sorry to hear about your troubles! Yes, you're right! I've just tested it myself and I'm flabbergasted - I thought you would be automatically presented with an invitation to join, but no! Apologies again, we migrated our old site to Multiply last year when MSN closed down and I'm sorry to say we're still not familiar enough with all of its admin bells and whistles.But not to worry, I've sent you a manual email invitation from inside Multiply (to karentprice at livejournal.com), so hopefully if you just click on that, we can welcome you into Aladdin's cave! At least your tribulations have pointed out something that we need to fix to attract more interested members from outside.
Hi James! I checked my inbox at Livejournal -- no invite from you. I don't know why it's not there, but it's not. Sigh. I would appreciate you trying again. Thanks for you help!Karen
Dear Karen,Apologies again, I should have checked if LiveJournal accepted emails. - It actually doesn't, here's the error message...<firstname.lastname@example.org>: host mail.livejournal.com[220.127.116.11] said: 550 5.1.1 <email@example.com>: Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table (in reply to RCPT TO command)Dang!OK. Here's plan B. I've sent a private message to your LJ inbox. Please let me know an suitable email address andI will send your LH Society invite to that.Cheers from James
Hooray! Thank you so much -- I am finally in! I've started reading on the discussion board -- so much information! I've looked at the Madrid photos (where did those come from?) and read your research about Dulwich college. Fascinating! I plan on looking at your thread re: military service later today. I love being a part of the Society. Thanks!K
Congrats Karen! Welcome!The Madrid photos were shot by Spanish Press photographers in 1943 and were discovered in the newspaper archives recently. They've been displayed for us by the author of a recent book on Leslie's "mission" (in Spanish), José.The two settings are Leslie's speech at the British Council in Madrid, and the famous "Flamenco Party" where a fortune-teller predicted Leslie's death. Conchita Montenegro features in some of the party photos.J.
Hello James!I have just the same problem as Karen had! I would love to be member of that group on multiply! I'd appreciate you sending me an invite! I'm interested in any information about Leslie, I can't believe so many public information are lies?!So please manage to bring me into that multiply group ;)moonyeen
Hi Moonyeen,You're very welcome to join the Multiply LH Society. We love people keen enough to discover us!I've just tried to send you a private message via Live Journal, but got a rejection......"This message cannot be sent to 'Moonyeen' because the recipient has enabled the privacy options for their messages."Not to worry. I can see that you have already created a "Multiply" ID, so I've now sent an invite straight to you there. Please let me know if you have any problems.Best Regards, James.
Hi James!Thanks for your try but I haven't got an invite on "Multiply" :(. My ID there is moonyeenclare, maybe you've sent the invite to another user. If that's not the case: I've changed my privacy options here at livejournal, you should be able to send me a message now!Cheers moonyeen
Hi Moonyeen,Whoops - yes it was another Moonyeen on Multiply! Try your Multiply Inbox now.James.
Try your Multiply inbox nowand let me know if any problems.
What is the status of this documentary now. I don't see a lot of traffic here. ~Keats
Hi, Keats2! The documentary is still in process, having hit some bumps regarding financing. You can check the website, www.lesliehoward.squarespace.com. We hope to have some new info up soon.
Is there any way I can see any of what James is talking about without joining ANOTHER social networking site? This is the only one I've joined, as I don't like them and don't care to communicate this way. Too messy. If there is not I will just back away slowly and find info elsewhere, but it all does sound very interesting. If anyone would be willing to send me old fashioned e-mail, I would appreciate it. Let me know. Thank you. ~Keats
Well, there is an easier site, on Multiply.com. It is far more up-to-date than here. You could always not come here any more and concentrate on the Multiply page. We would love to have you participate on that board -- lots of good stuff! Ktp
I would love to have someone reply to this message. I have only in the past 8 months really become a fan of Leslie. What a wonderful discovery this has been for me. I am not sure, though, whether this website is being viewed much. The dates I am seeing on these journal entries are mostly from 2010. I have also visited the Multiply site as well. I am on the free trial basis on this Live Journal site. Is is worth my while to pay for membership?My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would appreciate being contacted.Lesley
I am new to this community. I have already viewed this clip from Thomas Hamilton's documentary about the talented and handsome Leslie Howard. I urge anyone who can to provide some financial assistance to Mr. Hamilton so that this film can be completed. Mr. Hamilton provides his email address at the end of this video clip. I have already obtained his mailing address. He will be glad to provide it to you if needed.Leslie Howard has been somewhat forgotten since his death in 1943. I would love to see him reintroduced to movie audiences.Lesley