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Prince of Players (1955)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Maggie McNamara ...
Mary Devlin Booth
Dave Prescott
Asia Booth
Eva Le Gallienne ...
Christopher Cook ...
Dayton Lummis ...
English Doctor
Ian Keith ...
Bill Walker ...
Old Ben (as William Walker)


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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Release Date:

24 June 1955 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

König der Schauspieler  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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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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The Stage
28 December 2009 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

The story of the Booth family of actors with the heavy drinking and mad father, Junius Brutus, played by Raymond Massey who is accompanied on his tours out west to the mining camps by son Edwin, a child actor who morphs into Richard Burton), while John Wilkes (John Derek) hones his acting skills and soaks up secessionist fervor in the South. The various stages are set for the young actors, with John Wilkes choosing to act on a bigger stage, as he says to his brother in one scene. The movie focuses on Edwin played by Richard Burton who takes over the Shakespeare roles his father leaves behind when he (the father) cannot carry on any longer. The big dramatic question is if Edwin will follow in his father's footsteps. Who rescues him from the same fate of his father but the beautiful Juliet to his Romeo played by Maggie MacNamara. It may seem a little contrived, but actually the film captures the times really well, portraying the pivotal roles of the theater, the stage, and the actors.

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