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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Joe Macbeth (1955, Ken Hughes)

TitleJoe Macbeth
Release LocationsGB
DirectorKen Hughes
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 31 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsMacbeth (derivative)


This film is an "offshoot" from Shakespeare's Macbeth, influenced by it, obviously shaped by it but with no pretensions whatsoever to representing Shakespeare's text on screen. Instead it creates another text from Shakespeare's text. Indeed it borrows extensively from the plot of Shakespeare's play to displace the Scottish tragedy into the underworld of Chicago's gangland. Its mere existence, however, along with so many other films of this category, powerfully testifies to the way that Shakespeare's plays still act as universal metaphors for the human condition

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

Joe MacbethPaul Douglas
Duncan The DukeGregoire Aslan
BankySidney James
LennieBonar Colleano
RosieMinerva Pious
CastRobert Arden
CastMark Baker
CastKay Gallard
"Big Dutch"Harry Green
CastWalter Grisham
CastGeorge Marco
CastAlfred Mulock
CastBill Nagy
LiliRuth Roman
CastPhilip Vickers

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorKen Hughes
DirectorPhilip Shipway
ProducerM. J. Frankovich
ProducerGeorge Maynard
ContinuitySplinters Deason
EditorPeter Rolfe Johnson
Art EditorJohn Jympson
ComposerTrevor Duncan
ComposerRichard Taylor
Adaptor/TranslatorPhilip Yordan
Production ManagerFreddie Pearson
HairNina Broe
CostumesJean Fairlie
MakeupTerry Torrington
LightingBasil Emmot
SoundK. Cameron
Sound EditorAlfred Cox
ProductionAlan Harris
OtherR. Bonnor-Moris
OtherW. Lindorf

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell