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Synopsis
A ten-minute sequence in one of Hollywood’s first talking pictures shows John Barrymore reciting Gloucester’s soliloquy from Henry VI. Part 3. Probably the first Shakespeare scene in a talking picture.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1929
Duration
128 mins
Availability
Hire

Credits

Director
John Adolfi
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
John BarrymoreRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Henry VI part 3
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The Folger Shakespeare Library holds the soliloquy as a separate item.

Production Company

Name

Warner Bros Pictures

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA

Distributor (Hire)

Name

Filmbank Distributors Ltd

Email
info@filmbank.co.uk
Web
http://www.filmbank.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7984 5950
Fax
020 7984 5951
Address
Warner House
98 Theobalds Road
London
WC1X 8WB
Notes
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