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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Prince of Players (1954, Eli Dunn)

TitlePrince of Players
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorEli Dunn
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 45 mins
Play ConnectionsHamlet (excerpt(s))
Richard III (excerpt(s))


Richard Burton in portraying the theatrical career of Edwin Booth superbly performs scenes from Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III. The fabled actress, Eva LaGallienne, acted as a special consultant on the scenes involving Shakespearean acting, which is surely one of the reasons that they are done so well

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

John Booth, Age 12Louis Alexander
Dave PrescottCharles Bickford
Edwin BoothRichard Burton
Edwin Booth, Age 10Christopher Cook
John Wilkes BoothJohn Derek
ClaudiusIan Keith
GertrudeEva LeGallienne
English DoctorDayton Lummis
Junius Brutus BoothRaymond Massey
Devlin, MaryMaggie McNamara
Theatre ManagerJack Raine
AsiaElizabeth Sellars
LaertesPaul Stader
Old BenWilliam Walker
HoratioBen Wright

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorEli Dunn
DirectorPhilip Dunne
ProducerPhilip Dunne
EditorDorothy Spencer
ComposerBernard Herrman
ScreenplayMoss Hart
Book AuthorEleanor Ruggles
CostumesCharles LeMaire
MakeupBen Nye
HairHelen Turpin
CostumesMary Wills
SoundAlfred Bruzlin
SoundHarry M. Leonard
Director of PhotographyCharles G. Clarke
ProductionMark Lee Kirk
ProductionLyle Wheeler
SetPaul S. Fox
SetWalter M. Scott
Special EffectsRay Kellogg
Special ConsultantEva LeGallienne

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell