One day when he was nearly ninety years old, A.E. Matthews attended a luncheon to celebrate 50 years of film-making at Pinewood Studios. During the luncheon, Sir Leonard Brockington delivered a long, rambling speech. After 25 minutes, he made a significant pause, prompting several guests to begin to applaud. When the noise faded, however, it became apparent that Brockington intended to continue. Matthews was not pleased. "My God," he exclaimed, "doesn't he know I haven't got long to live?"