Cinema: Sexy Shumiatsky

Robert Louis Stevenson never saw a moving picture. He might not have liked Hollywood's version of his Treasure Island (1934). But he would have had a fit at what somebody had done to his unsexy story in the new Soviet film: transformed Cabin-boy Jim Hawkins into a pretty blonde. The guilty somebody was Boris Z. Shumiatsky, Will Hays of the Soviet cinema industry. Last week Boris Shumiatsky was out of a job. Other charges against him: 1) that in attempting to freight "a bourgeois adventure story" with significance he had introduced the Irish...