Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Richard III (1950)

TitleRichard III
Release LocationsUSA
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs
Play ConnectionsRichard III (abridgment)


To give some idea of the degree of interest in Shakespeare that the media then exhibited, it is worth noting that in this same week a radio, not tv, program featured John Barrymore reading from Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, and Twelfth Night on NBC at 8 P.M. on Thursdays. The week before this presentation of Richard III, Masterpiece Playhouse had offered Ibsen's Hedda Gabler with Jessica Tandy in the title role. In the halcyon early days of television, obviously there was still faith in the reality of a mass audience for great drama

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

CastHugh Williams
CastWilliam Windom
CastBlanche Yurka

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell