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Prince of Players (1955)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  24 June 1955 (West Germany)
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A tragic and sentimental story that depicts the early career of the 19th century American actor, Edwin Booth with some mention of the events leading to the assassination of President Lincoln by Edwin's brother, John Wilkes Booth. In the film, Edwin's days in the spotlight dwindle shortly after his brother is caught and killed for assassinating Lincoln. Written by alfiehitchie

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At Edwin's opening of Hamlet in London's Prince Charles Theatre there is a lady in a red hat. She must have liked his performance, because she's in the audience for every subsequent performance. See more »

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I'm a fan of Richard Burton. If you would like to see a classic Shakespearian performance, I definitely recommend this movie. I wanted my son, who was involved in his High school play at the time to learn the delivery style and presence from a master. I first viewed this movie 25 years ago when I was a teenager. I enjoyed it more the first time I watched this movie then I did just recently. With this recent viewing with my son I was able to point out some of the characteristics of great acting and presence.

The story of the brother of a high profile figure who shot President Lincoln was also compelling. Edwin Booth's great career on stage was overshadowed by his brother's political actions.

This was also a great performance by Raymond Massey as the Father of both John and Edwin. These were great stage actors giving great performances.

The movie gave me an appreciation of a performers life back in the days when actors where not making the big money and performed because they loved the art. I recommend it!!


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