Man Who Could Work Miracles
The film Man Who Could Work Miracles was produced by London Films in 1935. It was based on a specially written scenario, published under the same title, and derived in turn from the short story ‘The Man Who Could Work Miracles’ which originally appeared in 1898. The scenario broadly follows the short story in its general conception and shape but differs from it in a number of interesting particulars. Whereas the original story (subtitled ‘A Pantoum in Prose’) is concerned with events happening on a relatively minor scale, the film is necessarily planned to a more ambitious design as the hero’s miracles become increasingly spectacular. The principal new elements added by Wells are, first, a prologue and an epilogue which set the film within a symbolic frame of reference and, second, the ascription to George McWhirter Fotheringay of a megalomaniac desire to become master of the world.
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