As You Like It (1936)
- Feature film. Great Britain’s first feature-length Shakespeare sound film and Laurence Olivier’s first screen performance in a Shakespeare play. An energetic production set in an elaborate studio forest with real livestock. The film’s scenarist, J.M. Barrie, informed Elisabeth Bergner’s overly studied, acrobatic and Peter Pan-inspired Rosalind.
- Great Britain
- Technical information
- Black-and-white / Sound
- Year of release
- DVD released for sale in the UK in 2007. Different prints show different credits. In the 1936 US version Robert Cullen (as R.J. Cullen) is credited as production manager and scenarist. In the 1949 re-release he is credited only as production manager and Carl Mayer with the adaptation. Similarly for the 1936 version, Elisabeth Bergner’s name is above the title for the opening credits; in the 1949 re-release Laurence Olivier’s name is above the title.
The BFI National Archive, London holds a 35mm master and viewing print.
The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a typescript.
- Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
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- Harold Rosson; Jack Cardiff
- J.M. Barrie; William Shakespeare
- William Walton
- Joe Strassner; John Armstrong (2)
Aubrey Mather Austin Trevor Dorice Fordred Elizabeth Bergner Felix Aylmer Henry Ainley J. Fisher White Joan White John Laurie Laurence Olivier Leon Quartermaine Lionel Braham Mackenzie Ward Peter Bull Richard Ainley Sophie Stewart
- Region 2 PAL
- 98 minutes
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