Originally posted by DAVID RAYNER
@May 28 2005, 10:38 AM
Thanks for that, Darling. It's not very fair that after he did all that sterling work with Film Review annual from 1944 onwards (plus the Western Film annuals and his many reviews of the latest films in the What's On In London magazines), there is so little known about this man. Not even a photo of him anywhere or information as to where he was buried or even what the F stood for in his name. Still, he seems to have been well into his eighties when he died, so he had a good run and he has left us a great legacy with his reference works. He loved films and the cinema. You could tell that by the way he wrote about them in his annuals and such. Unlike other critics, who, judging by their reviews, seem to have got out of the wrong side of the bed most mornings, Speed's comments on films were generally very favourable.