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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Strange Illusion (1945, Ben Kadish)

TitleStrange Illusion
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorBen Kadish
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 20 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsHamlet (derivative)


This "B" (low-budget) movie, actually an offshoot from Hamlet, like Chabrol's Ophélia retells the Hamlet legend in modern guise. The principal actors were all highly professional but shared a common fate of spending most of their careers in Hollywood playing in B movies. For a time, James Lydon made a career out of playing Henry Aldrich. The film, just made available on videocassette, was shown in 1986 at the Library of Congress as a part of a special program devoted to Shakespeare on film and television at the Mary Pickford Theater

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

Professor MuhlbachCharles Arut
George--HoratioJimmy Clark
Virginia Cartwright--GertrudeSally Eilers
Mr. AllenJohn Hamilton
Cartwright, DorothyJayne Hazard
Paul Cartwright--HamletJames Lydon
Lydia--OpheliaMary McLeod
Game WardenVic Potel
BenjaminGeorge H. Reed
LangdonGeorge Sherwood
Miss FarberSonia Sorel
CastGene Stutenroth
CastRegis Toomey
ArmstrongPierre Watkin
Brett Curtis--ClaudiusWarren William

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorBen Kadish
DirectorEdgar G. Ulmer
ProducerLeon Fromkess
EditorCarl Pierson
ScreenplayAdele Comandini
ScreenplayFritz Rotter
Dialogue DirectorHerman Rotsten
CostumesHarold Bradow
LightingPhilip Tannura
SoundFrank McWhorter
ProductionVincent Korda
SetE. H. Reif
PropsCharles Stevens
ArtPaul Palmentola

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell