The Man Who Would Not Be Blood

08 May

Whether it was asthma, a preference for stage over film and Hollywood, and/or love of a woman in London, the great Robert Donat backed out of playing Captain Blood. The rest is history. This is his story:…

— Tim


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  1. Karl

    May 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    “THE VOICE of the (last) Century… who was it?

    Sinatra was called it by some.

    And for film, another so regarded: Ronald Colman.

    But there is also one… long forgotten and overlooked… DESPITE beating out Clark Gable for the best actor in 1939.

    And the Oscar went to ROBERT DONAT.

    PLEASE do give another look (I mean hear) to this MAGNIFICENTLY subtle and exquisite speaking voice.
    His performances on film “tell” the tale, but EVEN MORE SO, home recordings of his poetry readings will all the more impress.

    (Stay away from Mp3s, however… to borrow a phrase from the Magnificent McNulty: “They have no soul.”- seek out a better quality format).

    Here’s a sample:…

    • Gentleman Tim

      May 10, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Very Impressive, Karl! What a talent! Thank you for so wonderfully expanding both our poetic, and noetic, horizons.…