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Joe MacBeth (1955)

Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and become the new "kingpin" himself. Success is short- lived, ... See full summary »

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... Joe MacBeth
... Lily MacBeth
Bonar Colleano ... Lennie
... Duncan
... Banky
... Big Dutch
Minerva Pious ... Rosie
Philip Vickers ... Tommy
Teresa Thorne ... Ruth
... Angus
Kay Callard ... Ruth
... Ross
George Margo ... Second Assassin (as George Marco)
Mark Baker ... Benny
... Marty
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Shakespeare (more-or-less) in modern gangster setting. Lily MacBeth pushes her husband Joe to rub out the reigning crime boss and become the new "kingpin" himself. Success is short- lived, however, as he confronts Lennie, a mobster whose father and wife are Joe's murder victims. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Gangland's No. 2 Killer!

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Crime | Drama

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February 1956 (USA)  »

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Legion der Hölle  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Out, out damn imitation!
2 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Macbeth" is one of my favorite of the Bard's plays, so I was curious to catch this on TCM.

Unbelievably, the play is listed here on IMDb as by Shakespeare, but practically none of his dialog has survived. And while an effort is made to parallel Shakespeare's tragedy, so much is distorted and left out that comparisons are ludicrous.

There are a few nice touches here. I thoroughly enjoyed the characterization and dramatic demise of gluttonous Duch, and the climactic murder of the Duke was very chillingly executed.

The denouement of this film seemed far more sloppily done. This movie makes no attempt to deal with the dire "of no woman born" and marching-forest predictions of "Macbeth." And it ends on a particularly weak note involving the butler. Who cares?

I can't say I'm sorry I saw this, but, I'm with Mack and Lily -- it left me cold.


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