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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Henry IV, Part 1 (1960)

TitleHenry IV, Part 1
Release LocationsUSA
Length2 hrs
Play ConnectionsHenry IV, Part 1 (teleplay)


A Phoenix theatre production adapted to television. Surely, however, no troupe of Shakespearean actors ever ran into heavier competition for an audience. That same evening the celebrated Nixon/Kennedy debate was transmitted from 9:30 to 10:30 P.M. Most likely at 9:30 most of the audience deserted Shakespeare in favor of watching this historic confrontation in which Kennedy played an upstart Hal to Nixon's lugubrious Henry Bolingbroke

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

King Henry IVDonald Davis
Prince HalStephen Joyce
HotspurDonald Madden
FalstaffEric Berry

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell