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T ONDON, September U 21.— The Old Bailey — London's Central Criminal Court — ought
to he called the New Valley now. Thrice damaged by bombs, the court, whose gilded figure of Justice is second only to St. Paul's as a city land mark, has opened its present session in bright new dress. Its courtrooms are panelled now in fine light oak indirectly lit, and furnished with ex cellent hearing aids. The entrance' halls have had their murals repainted, and the lofty central dome has been redecorated with the classical figures of Truth, Learning, Art, and Lab our (hard, perhaps). 'Not bad,' says the old lag in the cartoon, 'but not so homey as the old place.' The Old Bailey gives
me impression of deal ing with crime clinically, as a hospital deals with disease. But some tradition re mains. The ancient sword ? of Justice hangs reversed above the senior judge's seat.
British battle— but
U.S. star The Rank organisation has made a British picture about Communist terror ism in Malaya — with American Claudette Col bert as the star. Why an American? Be cause the film, 'The Planter's Wife,' is a bid to show American audi ences just what Britons are doing in the jungle war against the Reds. And, the Rank organ isation tells me, Miss Col. bert's box-office draw en sures that 'The Planter's Wife' will be shown throughout America. This, I suppose, is a fair example of politics in the elnpmn
They squeal ! That it may prove ef- \ fective is indicated byi Communist reaction. i The Daily Worker yells: ' 'This is the most vie- ! iously dishonest war pro- ] paganda picture yet made i in Britain.' , Husky Jack Hawkins ' and lovely Claudette, ' looking very un-jungly— ! shoot themselves out of ' horrific jungle situations and are reconciled as man and wife by their ordeal.