Pimpernel Smith and the Earl of Oxford

Posted By on March 6, 2010

Leslie Howard’s classic anti-Nazi film, after being widely available on vhs in the late 1990s, appears to be out of print again except for this Spanish version (good for the Spanish!) on Amazon. Still, fair use doctrine has its uses, and I’ve managed despite my technological incompetence to break out a few relevant clips, which I’ve always thought to use in a short YouTube on Oxford.

Howard’s character does an inimitably charming and comical send-up  of Nazi pretensions. Moreover,  his comments are still relevant to those reactionary folk who in 2010 still seem to think that classifying anti-Stratfordians as the moral and intellectual equivalent of  “holocaust deniers”  can edify their own preening sense of self worth. For this and other reasons, the film has become  a cult classic among the Oxfordians.

So, without further ado,  here’s Leslie Howard (who produced as well as starred in the film), in persona “Horatio” Smith, on Shakespeare and Oxford (clip #1):

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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