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 ...
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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
The film was meant to star Marlon Brando. He wanted a study of Edwin's tragic life (a career ruined by the assassination), not clips of classical plays. Brando later said, "When Fox couldn't get a top-rate actor like Olivier or me, they settled for ... a third -rate performer with even worse skin." See more »
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 »
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
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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