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Ambitious Korda '? ' ?

m RITISH producer Sir Alexander Korda has just com U pie ted a distribution deal which will cover Australia, W i^e w'T Zealand and South Africa. He has a large number of stories on hand, and will use botis British and foreign players. First of the Korda films under the new agreement will be An Ideal Husband, based on the play by Oscar Wilde. In technicolour,. it is to be personally produced by Korda, .„.,„„ , ' American Paulette Goddard will lead the mixed Anglo- CJ.S. casif

which includes Michael Wilding, Diana Wynyard, Sir C. Aubrey Smith, Hugh Williams and Con stance Collier. Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is the second picture scheduled. It will star Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson and Keiron Moore. ?Other films lined up include The Basement Room, Bonnie Prince Charlie (with David Niven) and The Elusive Pim pernel. The 'Pimpernel' picture may be renamed, but it has been de cided that Rex Harrison is to - take the part filled in the past by the late Leslie Howard. Korda recently purchased the film right to Daphne Du Mau rier's novel The King's General at a reported price of about £A81,000— one of the highest prices ever paid in the British film history. No decision has been made yet about the cast, but topflight English dramatic actor James Mason is interested in the script and seems a likely choice.

O PROFESSIONAL SOL DIER turned actor, David Niven has proved popular both in his native England and America. He Is to appear in Perth soon in the M.GM. film The Other Love. It is a rommfr* tie drama with Barbara Stanwyck in the main female role. After finish ing Bonnie Prince Charlie for the Korda organisa tion, Niven recently left England for America,