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Joe MacBeth (1955)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  February 1956 (USA)
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Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and become the new "kingpin" himself. Success is short- lived, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bonar Colleano ...
Lennie
Grégoire Aslan ...
Duncan
Sidney James ...
Banky
Harry Green ...
Big Dutch
Minerva Pious ...
Rosie
Philip Vickers ...
Tommy
Teresa Thorne ...
Ruth
Walter Crisham ...
Kay Callard ...
Ruth
Robert Arden ...
George Margo ...
Second Assassin (as George Marco)
Mark Baker ...
Benny
Bill Nagy ...
Marty
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Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and become the new "kingpin" himself. Success is short- lived, however, as he confronts Lennie, a mobster whose father and wife are Joe's murder victims. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Out, out damn imitation!
2 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Macbeth" is one of my favorite of the Bard's plays, so I was curious to catch this on TCM.

Unbelievably, the play is listed here on IMDb as by Shakespeare but practically none of his dialog survived. And while an effort is made to parallel Shakespeare's tragedy, so much is distorted and left out that comparisons are pretty ludicrous.

There are a few nice touches here. I throughly enjoyed the characterization and dramatic demise of gluttonous Duch, and the climactic murder of the Duke was very chillingly executed.

The denouement of this film seemed far more sloppily done. The movie makes no attempt to deal with the dire "of no woman born" and marching-forest predictions of "Macbeth." And it ends on a particularly weak note involving the butler. Who cares?

I can't say I'm sorry I saw this, but, along with Mack and Lily, it left me cold.


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