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Time Out says

Forbes-Robertson was known by London's theatre critics as 'the supreme Hamlet of his time'. This film, made on location at a specially built castle on the Dorset coast under the auspices of producer Cecil Hepworth, attempts to preserve his stage performance, as in aspic. Featured alongside the actor-knight are his American wife Gertrude Elliott (Ophelia) and the rest of the cast from a famous Drury Lane production. It's fascinating to see Forbes-Robertson's mannered, gestural performance, but at 60, he was 35 years too old for the part. Shakespeare without sound: a typically quixotic endeavour from Britain's pioneer film-makers.
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Release Details

  • Duration:5 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Hay Plumb
  • Cast:
    • Johnston Forbes-Robertson
    • Gertrude Elliott
    • Walter Ringham
    • Adeleine Bourne
    • JH Barnes
    • SA Cookson
    • Alex Scott-Gatty
    • JH Ryley
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