Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Othello (1937)

Release LocationsGB
Length1 hrs, 7 mins
Play ConnectionsOthello (scene(s))
SeriesScenes from Shakespeare


One of the very earliest transmissions of Shakespeare on television when the industry was still in its infancy. Jessica Tandy and Ralph Richardson were originally approached to play Desdemona and Othello but the substitutes proved to be just about as well known. Total cost of this production was under £300 nevertheless (CHM)

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

OthelloBaliol Holloway
CassioAnthony Quayle
IagoD.A. Clarke-Smith
RoderigoJohn Dodsworth
MontanoCampbell Logan
DesdemonaCelia Johnson
EmiliaDorothy Black
BiancaOlga Lindo
Gratiano/HeraldPhilip Desborough
MusiciansGilbert Webster
CastCyril Clarke
CastBasil Dignam
DancersJock Endle
CastTherese Langfield
CastEric Robinson
CastMayura Vincent
CastMarion Wilson

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerGeorge More O'Ferrall

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell