Cinema: Better Than the Play?

The Royal Family rolled up to London's Odeon Theatre last week for an event that had been long awaited: the world premiere of Sir Laurence Olivier's Hamlet.

Almost all London's critics agreed that the film was worth everything that had gone into it: more than $2,000,000 (J. Arthur Rank's) and six months of hard work. Said the Evening Standard: "It has moments of rare beauty and feeling such as the cinema has seldom seen . . . Olivier leaves no doubt that he is one of our greatest living actors."

There was also high praise for 19-year-old Jean Simmons' Ophelia. Wrote the New...

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