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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
David Bradley 
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David Bradley 
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
David Bradley .... producer
Owen Davis .... producer
Robert Keigher .... producer
Original Music by
John Becker 
Chuck Zornig (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Louis McMahon 
Costume Design by
Katharine Bradley 
Makeup Department
Sam Needham .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Keigher .... production manager
Sound Department
Sherwin Cazanov .... sound effects
Sherwin Cazanov .... sound
Art Foy .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Johnny Green .... lighting technician
Music Department
Grant Fletcher .... musical director
Other crew
Louis McMahon .... battle sequences

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106 min
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Contrary to many published references, this was not a student film, although students were recruited from Northwestern University to work in bit parts and as extras.See more »
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Caesar, Chicago Gangster?, 13 September 2006
Author: steven-222 from Berkeley, CA, USA

Back in the 1930s, a reporter named Wallace Irwin wrote a hard-boiled mystery novel spoof called THE JULIUS CAESAR MURDER CASE, in which Caesar and his cronies behaved and talked like cut-throat gangsters...which, when you think about it, they were. I kept thinking of Irwin's novel as I watched this black-and-white low-budget oddity from 1950, which was filmed in Chicago at various sites that double quite well for ancient Rome. The look is ancient, but the actor's accents could be straight out of an old James Cagney or Edward G.Robinson gangster movie. With that in mind, this movie provides yet another interesting take on one of the best plays ever written: Shakespeare's Caesar is the first and greatest Godfather of them all.

This movie marks the first of many appearances in loincloth by Charlton Heston (aged 25), who reprised the role of Antony in the 1970s all-star version, and again played Antony in his own movie adaptation of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. The role fits him like a glove.

There's also a small appearance by Jeffrey Hunter, who speaks a few lines and has some close-ups as a plebeian in the crowd reacting to the speeches by Brutus and Antony.

All in all, a worthwhile curiosity for anyone interested in pioneering independent film, Shakespeare movies, or the career of Charlton Heston.

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