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Hamlet IV: The Readiness Is All (1962, John Barnes)

TitleHamlet IV: The Readiness Is All
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorJohn Barnes
MediumColor video
Length30 mins
Audiencehigh school
college and university
Play ConnectionsHamlet (documentary)
SeriesThe Humanities Series


The fourth film in the Hamlet series (see also numbers 108, 112, and 113) takes a look at Hamlet as a young man, a person, suffering from the shock of his father's death and mother's re-marriage. The prince is shown as the type of the alienated youth

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

HamletPeter Donat
LaertesJohn Gardiner
ClaudiusMax Helpmann
GertrudeCharmion King
LecturerMaynard Mack
HoratioWilliam Needles
PoloniusFrank Peddie
GhostTony Van Bridge

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJohn Barnes
DirectorMichael Boehmer
DirectorDouglas Campbell
DirectorMichael Langham
DirectorAngelo McDermott
DirectorFloyd Rinker
EditorRobert Johnson
EditorFred Lasse
Production ManagerCurtis Davis
CostumesDesmond Heeley
PhotographyMichael Livesey
ProductionTom Brown
ProductionC. Walter Hodges
PropertiesBrian Johnson
OperationsWilliam Hall

Company Overview

Producer Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell