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Yorkshire Post (06/Mar/1937) - Broadcasting of the Week




Broadcasting of the Week

Bludgeon and rapier were used by Alfred Hitchcock and Val Gielgud this week when they defended their respective media — screen and radio — against recent attacks of Granville Barker on the subject of Shakespeare. Despite Mr. Hitchcock's brusque declarations that the film humanised the Bard, however, it was impossible not to feel that, professionally, he did not greatly care whether it did or did not. The day of Shakespeare as a prop in the film industry is not yet. Mr. Gielgud, on the other hand, gave a clever speech — delicate, barbed and, indeed, a work of literature in itself. This again tended to defeat its object. Admiring Mr. Glelgud's composition one was likely to forget that it really did contain some forceful arguments in favour of Shakespeare by way of the radio. The two talks contained a good deal to think about, and not the greatest point was the defence of Cine — or radio — Shakespeare.