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Hamlet

Synopsis
An NBC radio recording of Hamlet with John Barrymore in the title role and that of the Ghost. Barrymore also narrated the story.
Series
Streamlined Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
21 Jun 1937 at 21:30 (Channel: NBC Blue)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Director
Forrest Barnes
Producer
John Barrymore
Adaptor for Radio
Forrest Barnes
Cast
John BarrymoreHamlet
Frederick Shields 
Hans ConriedLaertes
John BarrymoreGhost
Mary Forbes 

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles

Notes

General
The programmes were introduced as ‘The words of William Shakespeare, the voice of John Barrymore’.
History
In 1950 Audio Rarities Records bought the rights to all six transcriptions of the 1937 series, deleting the opening theme and monologue and replacing it with a new one and giving it a new title John Barrymore and Shakespeare. The second series was a re-broadcast of the original 1937 series and was also broadcast by NBC. Only five of the six productions were broadcast and in a different order.

Production Company

Name

NBC

Archive

Name

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

Web
http://loc.gov/rr/record External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 707-7833
Address
Recorded Sound Reference Centre
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Room LM-113
Washington, DC 20540
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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