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Tower of London (1939, Fred Frank)

TitleTower of London
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorFred Frank
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 32 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsRichard III (derivative)


Although only vaguely indebted to Shakespeare, the movie does touch on the historical background for Shakespeare's Three Parts of Henry VI and King Richard III, which include the bloody battles between the houses of York and Lancaster in the Wars of the Roses

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 Edward IVIan Hunter
Baby PrinceDonnie Dunagan
WalesG. P. Huntley
Boy King EdwardRonald Sinclair
Young Prince RichardJohn Herbert-Bond
ClarenceVincent Price
Richard Duke Of GloucesterBasil Rathbone
Henry TudorRalph Forbes
Lord HastingsLeo G. Carroll
Duchess IsobelFrances Robinson
Anne NevilleRose Hobart
BeaconLionel Belmore
Tom ClinkErnest Gossart
Lady Alice BartonNan Grey
MordBoris Karloff
King Henry VIMiles Mander
CastBarbara O'Neil
Lord DeVereJohn Rodion
John WyattJohn Sutton
Chimney SweepWalter Tetley

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorFred Frank
DirectorRowland V. Lee
ProducerRowland V. Lee
EditorEdward Curtiss
ComposerCharles Previn
ComposerFrank Skinner
ScreenplayRobert N. Lee
CostumesVera West
LightingGeorge Robinson
SoundBernard B. Brown
ProductionJack Otterson
ProductionRichard Riedel
SetR. A. Garsman
Technical AdviserG. O. T. Bagley
Technical AdviserSir Gerald Grove

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell