Based on Shakespeare's play: As Macbeth and Banquo return victorious from fighting a battle, they are met by three witches who make a series of tantalizing predictions. One of the predictions says that Macbeth will become King of Scotland. As Macbeth agonizes between loyalty and opportunity, his ruthless wife spurs him on to give up his reservations, causing Macbeth to resort to treachery and murder in order to fulfill his ambitions. Written by
28 November 1954 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Hallmark Hall of Fame: Macbeth (#4.13)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
The 1954 and 1960 versions of "Macbeth", both made for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, are often erroneously considered to have had the same cast and technical staff. This is actually not true. Of the 1954 cast, only Maurice Evans
and Judith Anderson
appeared in the 1960 version, and the rest of the cast of the 1960 version was made up of British players who seldom appeared on American television. The cast of the 1954 version was largely made up of American players who often appeared on early live television. The technical staff of each production was entirely different, except for George Schaefer
, who directed both the 1954 and 1960 versions. See more
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