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Beerbohm Tree, the Great English Actor (1899)
"King John" (original title)

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This short film recreates King John's death scene at the end of the play.

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Cast overview:
Herbert Beerbohm Tree ...
Dora Tulloch ...
Prince Henry (as Dora Senior)
Charles Sefton ...
J. Fisher White ...
Earl of Pembroke (as James Fisher)
S.A. Cookson ...
Franklyn McLeay ...
Lewis Waller ...
Julia Neilson ...
William Mollison ...
Gerald Lawrence ...
Louis Calvert ...
Norman McKinnel ...
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Based on Shakespeare's play, Act V, Scene vii: King John is in torment, and his supporters fear that his end is near. As he writhes in agony, he is attended by Prince Henry, the Earl of Pembroke, and Robert Bigot. Prince Henry tries repeatedly to comfort his delirious father, but to no avail - John's pain is too great. Written by Snow Leopard

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The first known film of a William Shakespeare work. Only one of the four scenes is extant, Scene Three, showing King John dying from poisoning (his death was shown in Scene Four). See more »

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Perhaps the earliest "Shakespeare" film,...of at least it says it's Shakespeare!
30 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film purports to be KING JOHN, though you'd really not recognize any of the great bard in this film. Like all the films you would have seen in 1899, it's very, very, very brief (at about three minutes, it's actually longer than many contemporary films). The problem is you really can't do a Shakespeare play in three minutes!! And it's obvious that the director really didn't try to encapsulate the entire film--just one long and very over-done scene. In fact, all the film consists of is a guy dressed like a king apparently writhing in pain (I think he's trying to pass a kidney stone or something). And that's it!!! No plot, no action apart from the writhing and no relationship to KING JOHN or any other play by Shakespeare!


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