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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Elstree Calling (1930, Adrian Brunel)

TitleElstree Calling
Release LocationsGB
DirectorAdrian Brunel
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 25 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsThe Taming of the Shrew (parody)


This early British sound musical revue (similar to the American Show of Shows) includes a brief sequence in which Donald Calthrop does magic tricks while reciting from Shakespeare's works. Tommy Handley also appears in a travesty of Taming of the Shrew with Anna May Wong as Kate Minola throwing furniture at him. Finally Gordon Begg enters as William Shakespeare himself

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

KateAnna Mae Wong
PetruchioDonald Calthrop
William ShakespeareGordon Begg

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorAdrian Brunel
ProducerAdrian Brunel

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell