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27 March 1909 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
William V. Ranous ... King Lear
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Arthur ... Regan (unconfirmed)

Florence Auer ... Goneril / Regan (unconfirmed)

Maurice Costello ... Undetermined role

Mary Fuller ... Cordelia (unconfirmed)

Julia Swayne Gordon ... Cordelia (unconfirmed)

William Humphrey ... Fool

Thomas H. Ince ... Undetermined role

Edith Storey ... Undetermined role

Florence Turner ... Goneril (unconfirmed)

Directed by
J. Stuart Blackton 
William V. Ranous 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eugene Mullin  writer
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
J. Stuart Blackton .... producer

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Additional Details

16 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Although fragments of this film are held by the BFI and the Library of Congress, identification of the cast (apart from Lear) is tentative.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Tragedy of King Lear Part 1 (1948) (TV)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Silent Shakespeare, 13 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

King Lear (1909)

*** (out of 4)

Once again the story doesn't come across too clearly but I've still gotta recommend this baby due to the incredibly hand tinting. The work here is downright beautiful and perfectly done making this look and even feel just like a Technicolor film. Whoever did the drawing on this was way ahead of their time considering what most hand tinting jobs look like.

Twelfth Night (1910)

** (out of 4)

The story is very clear in this one but that's about it. The film drags even though it's a one reeler and the acting, direction and sets are all on the boring side. However, this must have been one of the first films to show a lesbian kiss so perhaps that'll give you a historical reason to see this.

Merhant of Venice, The (1910)

** (out of 4)

Another weak Shakespeare adaptation, which has no story whatsoever and comes to an abrupt hault.

Richard III (1911)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent version of Shakespeares play benefits from some good performances and some nice atmosphere. The story here is pretty easy to follow and seems to be filmed from an actual stage production.

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