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King Lear (1953 film)

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Genre  Drama
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Country  United States
6.8/10 IMDb

Director  Andrew McCullough
Language  English
King Lear (1953 film) movie poster
Writer  William Shakespeare, Peter Brook
Release date  18 October 1953 (1953-10-18)
Based on  King Lear

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King Lear is a 1953 live television adaptation of the Shakespeare play staged by Peter Brook and starring Orson Welles. Preserved on kinescope, it aired October 18, 1953, as part of the CBS television series Omnibus, hosted by Alistair Cooke. The cast includes Micheál Mac Liammóir and Alan Badel.

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Production

A heavily abridged version of the play, this production condensed the play by eliminating the characters of Edgar and Edmund. To compensate for their absence, the role of Oswald is expanded to take Edmund's part in the play's climax, and "Poor Tom" is included not as a disguised Edgar but as an actual madman.

Welles returned to America to star in this presentation. He was guarded by IRS agents, prohibited to leave his hotel room when not at the studio, prevented from making any purchases, and the entire sum (less expenses) he earned went to his tax bill. Welles returned to England after the broadcast.

Cast

  • Orson Welles … King Lear
  • Natasha Parry … Cordelia
  • Arnold Moss … Duke of Albany
  • Bramwell Fletcher … Earl of Kent
  • David J. Stewart … Oswald
  • Margaret Phillips … Regan
  • Beatrice Straight … Goneril
  • Alan Badel … Fool
  • Micheál Mac Liammóir … Poor Tom
  • Frederick Worlock … Earl of Gloucester
  • Scott Forbes … Duke of Cornwall
  • Wesley Addy … King of France
  • Fred Sadoff … Duke of Burgundy
  • Home media

  • 2010 E1 Entertainment, Region 1 DVD, February 9, 2010 ISBN 978-1-4172-3287-1
  • References

    King Lear (1953 film) Wikipedia
    King Lear (1953 film) IMDb King Lear (1953 film) themoviedb.org


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