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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Merchant of Venice (1947)

TitleThe Merchant of Venice
Release LocationsGB
Length1 hrs, 30 mins
Play ConnectionsThe Merchant of Venice (teleplay)


The music was especially composed for this production by Anthony Bernard. The reappearance of Margaretta Scott as Portia marks her return to Shakespeare on television. She had played Rosalind in the inaugural BBC television Shakespeare program, As You Like It, in 1937 (see 35)

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

ShylockAbraham Sofaer
AntonioAustin Trevor
BassanioAndré Morrell
PortiaMargaretta Scott
NerissaMary Martlew
Duke Of VeniceArthur Wontner
MoroccoRobert Adams
SalanioDouglas Hurn
SalarinoRichard Warner
GratianoJohn Gatrell
LorenzoMichael Ingham
JessicaJill Balcon
TubalMaurice Bannister
Launcelot GobboGeorge Benson
Leonardo And ServantJohn Martin
CastKevin Sheldon

Production Team and Crew Overview

ProducerGeorge More O'Ferrall
ComposerAnthony Bernard

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell