Cinema: Don't Call Me George

Crusty old George Bernard Shaw, who always insisted on approving every detail of his plays' productions, was even crankier when it came to the movies. His will provides that he be billed only as "Bernard Shaw." His trustees also decided that no more than 10% of Shaw's original lines may be changed for the screenplay.

This posed a stickler for Shaw's trusted friend, Producer Gabriel (Pygmalion, Caesar and Cleopatra) Pascal, who had to stretch the two-acter, Androcles and the Lion, to feature length. Pascal finally wangled a grudging O.K. from the trustees of Shaw's estate to raise the alteration rate to 25%,...

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