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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Julius Caesar (1949, David Bradley)

TitleJulius Caesar
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorDavid Bradley
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 30 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsJulius Caesar (interpretation)


Filmed in and around the environs of Northwestern University and cleverly exploiting the abandoned University of Chicago football stadium (which also produced the atom bomb), the film was made on a tiny budget of $15,000. That investment paid handsome dividends for some of the principals, however. Charlton Heston, who in this film first played a Roman hero, went on to fame and glory in Hollywood and the producer, David Bradley, was also favored with a Hollywood contract. For what was essentially an amateur production, the film was a remarkable achievement.

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

Julius CaesarHarold Tasker
Mark AntonyCharlton Heston
CalpurniaHelen Ross
BrutusDavid Bradley
CassiusGrosvenor Glenn
CascaWilliam Russell
PortiaMolly Darr

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorDavid Bradley
ProducerDavid Bradley
ComposerJohn Becker
ComposerGrant Fletcher
Adaptor/TranslatorDavid Bradley
Production ManagerRobert Keigher
LightingLouis McMahon
SoundArt Foy

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell