This historically important pioneer effort turns out to be a misguided,
ugly production with ranting players. The whole thing is done in a kind
of 30s indoors operetta setting Evans fails to substantiate the
reputation of his stage Hamlet. He appears to be doubled by a fencer in
a dueling mask for the sword fight. Addy and Barry Jones deliver their
lines with some plausibility and Sarah Churchill might get by with a
more likely Hamlet and better wardrobe.
Don't look for Yorrick and Fortinbras but they give us buckets of
Rosencranz & Gilderstern.
There are a few of the live TV goofs everyone scans these for.
The voice over intoning "Shakespeare belongs to the ages" to introduce
The Hallmark Hall of Fame is there to impress us with the worth of
bringing classics into our lounge rooms - with commercials.
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