A VERY LATE QUARTET ?……

In his 1962 autobiographical work Margin Released Priestley describes his experiences of working for Hollywood film studios as a part-time – and, by his choice, uncredited – scriptwriter in the middle 1930s. One such experience resulted in his being paid five thousand pounds, ‘a fine sum in those days, for a film story, a good one too, about a famous international string quartet, four middle-aged bachelors of different nationalities. The producer who acquired it’ (Priestley continues) ‘never filmed the story; he sold it for seven or eight thousand pounds to another producer, a Central European, who, as far as I know, never did make a single film in this country. Where that script is now, I don’t know and can’t imagine. No doubt those four string-players are now years out of date, but I still
remember them with regret’.

Fast forward to this year and a recent film called A Late Quartet – about, yes, a famous string quartet with an international reputation. The opening credits, inter alia, refer to ‘RKO’. Now RKO Radio was a film company which flourished in the 1930s but has long since disappeared. Could it be, incredibly……..?

published on behalf of Michael Nelson

ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInPin on PinterestShare on StumbleUpon
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply