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Master Will Shakespeare (1936)

Approved | | Short, Biography | 13 June 1936 (USA)
A short biography of William Shakespeare that highlights the various jobs he worked at in the theater.

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A brief biography of the Bard beginning and ending in Stratford. After grammar school and marriage to Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare goes to London and gets a job tending the horses during performances at Burbage's Blackfriar's Theatre, is promoted to prompter, and soon writes his first play to be staged, I Henry VI. Success as a writer, actor, and part owner of the Globe comes quickly. The film imagines Shakespeare as lonely and melancholy, with the romantic and doomed love of "Romeo and Juliet" as his favorite work. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Biography

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Filmed as a promotion piece to the then-upcoming MGM film Romeo and Juliet (1936). See more »

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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.11 (1955) See more »

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Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by studio orchestra
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A very vague overview of Shakespeare's life...
22 April 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Carey Wilson narrates a short film about William Shakespeare. It falls far short of being a full biography of the famous writer born in 1564 and whose boyhood ambitions had him dreaming of fame and fortune once his plays were staged in London.

He was an actor, writer and stage director whose richest triumph was having his plays win the approval of Queen Elizabeth I, at a time when all of the roles were played by men--a period covered quite authentically in "Shakespeare in Love." A very brief tribute to Shakespeare that was obviously an MGM promotional short timed to appear in connection with its forthcoming production of "Romeo and Juliet" ('36) starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard. Scenes from the film are briefly viewed.


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