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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Hamlet: Test Shots (1933, Margaret Carrington)

TitleHamlet: Test Shots
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorMargaret Carrington
MediumColor video
Length10 mins
Play ConnectionsHamlet (scene(s))


Test shots of the great John Barrymore made for a film that never materialized. Includes the "rogue and peasant slave" soliloquy (2.2), and the ghost scene (1.5). Apparently the brilliant but somewhat unreliable Barrymore had trouble remembering his lines, which resulted in cancellation of the picture. There may also have been the dread of box office catastrophe. A test one year later for a Shakespeare film with Alexander Korda's organization had the same unhappy results

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

CastJohn Barrymore
CastDonald Crisp
CastReginald Denny
CastIrving Pichel

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorMargaret Carrington
DirectorRobert Edmond Jones

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell