The theater, the cinema and ourselves (1947)

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SCHOOL AGE 10. SCHOOL-BOYS, YESTERDAY AND TO-DAY Boys are fascinating on the stage and screen now they have escaped from the typical aspects that the Victorians so loved to portray. Even in such apparently intimate books as Tom Brown's School Days there were merely different types with only here and there something essentially individual, while in Vice Versa, so popular years ago, there was just a typical schoolboy. Nor do typical school pranks, the dozens of ice-cream trollies dashing after a criminal in the film hue and cry amuse us, young or old, for more than a moment. Instead we prefer the winslow boy or the guinea pig, the individual schoolboy within the type, not the type drowning the individual. There is an important problem in the winslow boy, neither slurred over nor over-emphasized. Should a misdemeanour by a mere schoolboy be taken seriously because he belongs to His Majesty's Navy? Must a standard of conduct be preserved the winslow boy. {Michael Newell and Emlyn Williams as the boy's counsel.) 1946. 22