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Honourable Murder, An

Synopsis
British B-feature. Julius Caesar enacted in a big business setting. Julian Caesar, chairman of Empire Petroleum, trys to effect a merger, but Cassius, a jealous director plots to overthrow him. A clause in the contract states that one of the two remaining directors, Brutus and Mark Antony, must also oppose Caesar. Brutus weakens under pressure. The vote against Caesar is unanimous and the shock brings on a heart attack which kills him. At an extraordinary meeting of the shareholders Brutus explains his actions, but Mark makes a speech attacking the directors which woos them. Mark becomes the new director and sacks the board. Persuaded by his secretary Paula, and Portia, Brutus’ wife, Mark forgives Brutus, but Brutus commits suicide.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1959
Duration
69 mins; 6,209 feet
Availability
Out of distribution. No archive copy found (2006)

Credits

Director
Godfrey Grayson
Producer
Edward J. Danziger; Harry Lee Danziger
Cinematographer
James Wilson
Screenplay
Brian Clemens; Eldon Howard
Music
Albert Elms; Leon Young
Cast
John LongdenJulian Caesar (Julius Caesar)
Philip SavilleMark Antony (Mark Antony)
Douglas WilmerCassius (Caius Cassius)
Marion MathiePortia Smith (Portia)
Arnold BellLigar (Caius Ligarius)
Colin TapleyCasca (Casca)
Elizabeth SaundersSecretary
John BrookingSayer (Soothsayer)
Kenneth EdwardsTrebon (Trebonius)
Lisa DanielyPaula
Margaretta ScottClaudia Caesar (Calphurnia)
Norman WoolandMarcus Brutus
Olive KirbyMaggie
Stuart SaundersSimber (Metellus Cimber)

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Julius Caesar
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Tony Howard in his essay ‘Shakespeare’s Cinematic Offshoots’ the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film edited Russell Jackson (Cambridge: CUP, 2000), p300 notes that the film was released in a double-bill with a documentary about the territorial behaviour of gorillas.
Reviews
Reviewed in Monthly Film Bulletin, vol. 27, no.317, June 1960, p.84

Production Company

Name

Danzigers, The

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