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Shakespeare on the Radio

Synopsis
Radio sitcom. Edwin Montague plays Monty Woolley, an accomplished Shakespearean actor who, unappreciated and unemployed, accepts a role in a sentimental daytime radio serial. In this episode, Monty’s producer is putting on a 15-minute radio production of Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare’s birthday; Monty wants a part but fears his wife’s portrayal of Juliet will outshine his Romeo.
Series
Magnificent Montague, The
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
20 Apr 1951 (Channel: NBC)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Director
Nat Hiken
Producer
Nat Hiken
Writer
Billy Friedberg; Nat Hiken
Cast
Anne SeymourLilly, his wife
Edwin MontagueMonty Woolley

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Many other episodes in the series also contained Shakespeare references including TO SHAVE OR NOT TO SHAVE (December 1 1950), TO PLAY ROMEO (24 November 1950) and SCREEN TEST (January 26, 1951).
Reviews
Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p. 562 entry 2516). Lanier writes ‘The series was remarkable not just for focusing on the institutional situation of Shakespeare in an age of mass media but also for the ambivalence with which it treated its premise. As the representative Shakespearean, Montague is far more concerned with defending his dwindling cultural authority than actually defending the plays’.

Production Company

Name

NBC

Online Retailer

Name

otrsite.com

Contact
Jerry Haendiges
Email
jerry@otrsite.com
Web
http://www.otrsite.com External site opens in new window
Phone
562-696-4387
Fax
562-696-4387
Address
1308 Sunset Drive
Whittier
CA 90602
USA

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