Thursday, January 06, 2011

Radio review – CP#56 – “Jane Eyre” (1940) ****

The last production done by Orson Welles for the Campbell Playhouse - although the series would continue on for another season, done by John Houseman. The part of Rochester was one of Welles’ best known – he did is several times on radio, and of course on film. It always suited him like a glove (at least, during this stage of his career before he ate himself out of romantic leads). He is much better here than he would be in the movie – a lot more subtle and sensitive. Maybe this was because he directed. The production is full of atmosphere and romance; Madeleine Carroll is adept as Jane.

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