Cinema: The New Pictures: Jul. 9, 1934

Of Human Bondage (Radio-Keith-Orpheum).

Somerset Maugham wrote this long novel of a cripple in unworthy love in 1915. Since then the book has sold some 300,000 copies and firmly established itself as a modern masterpiece. For years Hollywood has eyed it as a mighty challenge to the cinema's capacity to transfer literature to the screen without losing its precious essence. But there were real difficulties: Would the public accept a clubfooted hero? What was to be done with a love story involving a young man's revulsion from his baser instincts? How could a...

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