General posthumous cuttings

Scope and Content

This sub-class consists of miscellaneous posthumous cuttings relating to RD, collected from newspapers and magazines by John Donat over a long period. These are as follows: 

  • /1 'Goodbye Mr. Gutz' by John Verney, in the National and English Review (December 1958): an article about the making of Goodbye, Mr Chips.
  • /2 'Splendour of Donat', a review of the Argo L.P. recording of 'Romantic and Twentieth Century Poems', from the Daily Telegraph (2 June 1965).
  • /3 Photocopies of a series of articles by Shevawn Lynam on 'A Working Life' published in The Irish Times (3-11 August 1982), in which the author describes her experiences in the British film industry of the 1930s, including her work with RD and Alfred Hitchcock on The Thirty-Nine Steps.
  • /4-6 Reviews of Kenneth Barrow's biography, Mr Chips: The Life of Robert Donat (Methuen, 1985).
  • /7 'An Officer and a gentleman' by Jeffrey Richards from the Daily Telegraph (29 January 1988): an article on John Buchan's hero, Richard Hannay, which includes a discussion of the three different film versions of The Thirty-Nine Steps, the Hitchcock film now being available on video.
  • /8 'Where actor tasted stardom': a report on the unveiling of a blue plaque on RD's former home, Meadway, in Hampstead Garden Suburb [April 1994].
  • /9 'Play them again, Sam': an article by Peter Johnson on the collecting of film posters, illustrated by a colour reproduction of the poster for The 39 Steps (undated).
  • /10 'Film Star of the Week: Robert Donat': brief profile of RD from a television listings magazine, coinciding with a showing of The Magic Box on Channel 4 (undated).