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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Taming of the Shrew (1950, Paul Nickell)

TitleThe Taming of the Shrew
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorPaul Nickell
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs
Play ConnectionsThe Taming of the Shrew (abridgment)
SeriesStudio One


In the early days of North American television, there were several programs devoted to Shakespearean drama but most, as in this instance, seem to have shrunk the plays down to under two hours. Still, these were courageous attempts to confront the dragon of commercialism. On the evening of this performance, the producer competed for audience ratings with such sure-fire entertainments as boxing, "Robert Montgomery Presents," and "Who Said That?" with Ilka Chase and Al Capp

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

KateLisa Kirk
BiancaSally Chamberlin
BaptistaHiram Sherman
LucentioHenry Barnard
PetruchioCharlton Heston
GremioRudolph Watson
HortensioJames Gannon
TranioErnest Graves
GrumioLouis Edmonds
CurtisArthur O'Connell
WidowFlorence Stanley
TailorCarl Don

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorPaul Nickell
ProducerWorthington Miner
ComposerHarold Levey
LyricsErik Barnou
ProductionRichard Rychtarick

Company Overview

Costumes Russeks

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell