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Macbeth

Synopsis
US television production of the play with Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson as the Macbeths.
Series
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Transmission details
28 Nov 1954 (Channel: NBC)
Duration
80 mins

Credits

Director
George Schaefer; Hudson Faussett
Producer
Hudson Faussett
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Lehman Engel
Costume
Noel Taylor
Art Direction
Otis Riggs
Adaptor for Television
Maurice Evans
Cast
Maurice EvansMacbeth
Judith AndersonLady Macbeth
Richard WaringMacduff
Roger HamiltonMalcolm
Staats CotsworthBanquo
Guy SorelRoss
House JamesonKing Duncan
John ReeseFleance
Margot StevensonLady Macduff
Peter FernandezDonalbain

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The BFI National Archive holds a 16mm b&w kinescope (telerecording) of the live transmission, which includes commercials for Hallmark greetings cards. No viewing copy (2005).

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a release script.
General
Macbeth was produced again for Hallmark in 1960 with Evans and Anderson reprising their lead roles.
History
Hallmark’s fourth television series and the 132nd episode. Broadcast in colour for the small number of American homes able to receive colour pictures. Only black and white kinescopes survive.
Awards
Judith Anderson won an Emmy for her performance as Lady Macbeth.
Reviews
Review of production in Shakespeare on television: an anthology of essays and reviews (J.C. Bulman & H.R. Coursen). Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1988. p. 240.
`Again the play defeated what few talents the film-makers possessed’. Walking Shadows: Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive (McKernan & Terris). London: bfi, 1994. p.93

Production Company

Name

Maurice Evans Production

Name

NBC

Sponsor

Name

Hallmark Cards

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

Web
http://www.amazon.com External site opens in new window

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