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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Boys from Syracuse (1940, A. Edward Sutherland)

TitleThe Boys from Syracuse
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorA. Edward Sutherland
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 13 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsThe Comedy of Errors (derivative)


Based on the Broadway musical, Boys from Syracuse with book by George Abbott and music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Abbott's play was in turn based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors

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

DukeCharles Butterworth
AegeonSamuel S. Hinds
Antipholus Of Ephesus And Of SyracuseAllan Jones
Dromio Of Ephesus And Of SyracuseJoe Penner
AngeloAlan Mowbray
PinchEric Blore
AdrianaIrene Hervey
LuceMartha Raye
WomanDoris Lloyd
TurnkeySpencer Charters
Captain Of The GuardMalcolm Waite
MessengerDave Oliver
Taxi DriverEddie Acuff
DriverWilliam Desmond
OctaviusTom Dugan
PhyllisRosemary Lane

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorA. Edward Sutherland
ProducerJules Levey
EditorMilton Carruth
ComposerLorenz Hart
ComposerCharles Previn
ComposerRichard Rogers
Adaptor/TranslatorCharles Grayson
Adaptor/TranslatorPaul Gerard Smith
Adaptor/TranslatorLeonard Spiegelgass
LightingJoseph Valentine

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell