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Hamlet

Synopsis
Television drama which is a recording of the Old Vic Company’s Hamlet introduced by Fredric March. John Neville is Hamlet.
Series
Dupont Show of the Month
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Television
Transmission details
24 Feb 1959 at 21:30 (Channel: CBS)
Duration
90 mins

Credits

Director
Ralph Nelson
Producer
Paul Orr; Ralph Nelson
Writer
William Shakespeare
Production Design
Ken Kransgill
Contributor
Frederic March; Michael Benthall
Cast
John NevilleHamlet
Oliver NevilleClaudius
Margaret CourtenayGertrude
Joseph O’ConorPolonius
Barbara JeffordOphelia
Barbara Leigh-HuntPlayer Queen
David DodimeadHoratio
Dudley JonesGravedigger
James CullifordClown
Job StewartOsric
John HumphreyLaertes
Joss AcklandMarcellus
Richard WordsworthGhost
Robert AlgarClown
Roy PatrickBarnardo

Additional Details

Theatre company
Old Vic Theatre Company
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
19th Century
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Before the transmission, CBS’s President, Louis G. Cowan ,spoke of the efforts being made by commercial television to transmit worthwhile drama.
Textual information
Rothwell & Melzer Shakespeare on Screen: an international Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990) note that the director used the 1601 Quarto. As part of the event CBS published the television script in a ‘handsomely bound volume on rag paper’. Hamlet: A Television Script, ed. Benthall and Nelson. (New York: CBS), 1959.
Reviews
Jack Gould, New York Times (25 February 1959). Rothwell & Melzer Shakespeare on Screen: an International Filmography and Videography (London: Mansell, 1990), pp 64-5.
John P. Stanley New York Times (22 February 1959) is an interview with the production’s editor, Ralph Nelson.

Production Company

Name

CBS Television

Sponsor

Name

DuPont

Archive

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
Name

Paley Center for Media

Web
http://www.paleycenter.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(212) 621-6600
Address
25 West 52 Street
New York
New York
110019
USA
Notes
Formerly Museum of Television and Radio (MTR). The name changed in 2007.

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