Filming Major Barbara
From Rex Harrison, Rex: An Autobiography by Rex Harrison (London: Macmillan, 1974) pp. 70–1. Rex Carey Harrison (b. 1908), actor, made his first appearance on stage in Liverpool in 1924, and his London debut in 1930. He subsequently divided his time between stage and screen roles. His elegant and engaging style as an actor of comic roles was put to excellent use in the part of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, which he played for two years on Broadway (1956–8) and in the screen version (1964). He accepted the role of Cusins in Pascal’s film of Major Barbara in July 1940. Major Barbara was filmed in several locations, in Devon, Sheffield and London. Shaw’s prologue for American audiences to the film of Major Barbara is printed in ‘Mr Shaw Speaking’, PM’s Weekly, 19 January 1941 and ‘G. B. Shaw’s prologue to Major Barbara’, Variety, 13 May 1941. Recordings of the speech are listed by Laurence, Bibliography (F27, 1941 and Gil, 1940).