Cinema: The New Pictures: Jul. 8, 1940

Tom Brown's School Days (R. K. O.). When classic-loving, copyright-hating Producer Gene Towne, fresh from Swiss Family Robinson, proceeded to lay his busy hands on Thomas Hughes's 83-year-old celebration of Rugby and British public-school life, across the Atlantic to Hollywood came a cold shudder. "Presumption," snorted Rugby's head, Mr. Hugh Lyon, anticipating something worse than Robert Taylor's A Yank at Oxford. Mr. Lyon was not placated by Producer Towne's choice of a British director, Robert Stevenson, and of the impeccable Sir Cedric Hardwicke to play the part of Rugby's greatest head, Dr....

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