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Twelfth Night: or, What You Will (1957, David Greene)

TitleTwelfth Night: or, What You Will
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorDavid Greene
MediumBlack & white video
Length1 hrs, 30 mins
Play ConnectionsTwelfth Night (teleplay)
SeriesHallmark Hall of Fame


A Hallmark Hall of Fame television production directed by David Greene and starring Maurice Evans as Malvolio. (For other Hallmark Shakespeare productions, see 102, 126, 305, 309, 484, 593, 594, and 613.) The greeting card commercials framing the production appropriately exploited the play's title, Twelfth Night. ("Twelfth Night" is the twelfth day of Christmas, January 5, and the eve of the the Feast of the Epiphany). In Elizabethan times Epiphany was a day especially set aside for gift giving, which is a minor element in the play (e.g, Olivia's ring to Viola). The Museum of Broadcasting copy is marked "out of sync" throughout, though the visual effects, as described below, are often quite spectacular. There are numerous textual deletions, transpositions and alterations. Count Orsino has vanished from the opening along with Viola and the Sea Captain's exchange about her lost brother

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

ViolaRosemary Harris
OliviaFrances Hyland
FesteHoward Morris
Sir Toby BelchDennis King
AguecheekMax Adrian
MalvolioMaurice Evans
MariaAlice Ghostley
SebastianDenholm Elliott
AntonioGregory Morton
Sea CaptainWilliam Cottrell

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorDavid Greene
ProducerRobert Hartung
ComposerLehman Engel
ChoreographyPaul Butler
Adaptor/TranslatorWilliam Nichols
LightingWilliam Knight
ProductionRouben Ter-Arutunian

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell