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As You Like It (1912, Charles Kent)

TitleAs You Like It
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorCharles Kent
MediumBlack & white video
Length30 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsAs You Like It (abridgment)


One of a dozen or so silent Shakespeare films made by the Vitagraph company in its Brooklyn studios in the early years of cinema. This film was a second generation effort in that its three reels marked a distinct advance in length over the earlier ten-minute one-reelers. It also starred a famous British actress, Rose Coghlan, in the female lead, though at sixty she was surely the world's oldest living Rosalind. Some filmographies list two 1912 As You Like Its starring Rose Coghlan. I suspect they are actually the same film. Certainly Ball makes no reference to two versions. For other Vitagraph movies, see 7, 32, 47, 195, 199, 242, 354, 387, 436, 496, 515, and 640

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

Duke SeniorTefft Johnson
RosalindRose Coghlan
Duke FrederickHarry Morey
CeliaRosemary Theby
OliverRobert Gaillard
Jaques De BoisLeo Delaney
OrlandoMaurice Costello
AdamGeorge Ober
Le Beau Or Sir Roland De BoisJames Young
CharlesGeorge C. Randolph
TouchstoneRobert McWade, Sr.
AmiensFrank Mason
JaquesCharles Kent
CorinCharles Eldridge
SilviusJames Morrison
PhoebeRose Tapley
WilliamHugh McGowan
AudreyKate Price

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorCharles Kent
DirectorJames Young
ProducerJ. Stuart Blackton
Adaptor/TranslatorMargaret Birch

Company Overview

Playgroup Vitagraph

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell