6.8/10
323
25 user 2 critic

Prince of Players (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 24 June 1955 (West Germany)
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 »

Director:

Philip Dunne

Writers:

Moss Hart, Eleanor Ruggles (book)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Ice Palace (1960)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After WW1, Zeb and Thor start a cannery business in Alaska but eventually they drift apart with Zeb becoming unscrupulous and Thor becoming involved in Alaskan politics.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Richard Burton, Robert Ryan, Martha Hyer
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Despite marital problems, English Lord Albert Esketh and his rich American socialite wife Lady Edwina Esketh travel to India to buy a prize horse from the ruler of Ranchipur.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray
Sea Wife (1957)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 1942, a cargo ship jammed with British evacuees from Singapore is sunk by a Japanese sub. A small lifeboat carries a beautiful woman, an army officer, a bigoted administrator, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Bob McNaught
Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Burton, Basil Sydney
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A handsome and successful young doctor returns to his home town in New England to see his dying friend for one last time. However, his friend wants to die because he is suffering so much ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Richard Burton, Barbara Rush, Jack Carson
Topaze I (1933)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a rich Baron and his mistress use the teacher's name and outstanding reputation in a ... See full summary »

Director: Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast
Stars: John Barrymore, Myrna Loy, Reginald Mason
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.

Directors: Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Andreas Teuber
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After their vessel runs aground during a storm and is impounded by the British authorities, local smugglers must find a way of disposing of their contraband brandy cargo before it's discovered by the Customs Officers.

Director: Derek N. Twist
Stars: Roger Livesey, Honor Blackman, Richard Burton
Hamlet I (1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The highly successful 1964 Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", deliberately staged in the style of a "dress rehearsal", but performed in front of a live audience.

Directors: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud
Stars: Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, Alfred Drake
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (July 20/21, 356 - June 10/11, 323 B.C.), commonly known as Alexander the Great.

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman with amnesia finds herself in London during the second world war. She falls in love and marries a Polish man in the R.A.F. He gets killed and then a crippled man comes to her ... See full summary »

Director: Ladislao Vajda
Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Edward Underdown, Helen Cherry
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton
Animation | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Trnka
Stars: Joss Ackland, Ann Bell, Richard Burton
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Burton ... Edwin Booth
Maggie McNamara ... Mary Devlin Booth
John Derek ... John Wilkes Booth
Raymond Massey ... Junius Brutus Booth
Charles Bickford ... Dave Prescott
Elizabeth Sellars ... Asia Booth
Eva Le Gallienne ... Gertrude in 'Hamlet'
Christopher Cook Christopher Cook ... Edwin Booth at 10
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... English Doctor
Ian Keith ... Ghost of Hamlet's Father in 'Hamlet'
Bill Walker ... Old Ben (as William Walker)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Were the Whispers True?

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

König der Schauspieler See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,570,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Anti-slavery activist John Brown figures in this film and is seen in silhouette in a jail cell in one scene. Raymond Massey, who plays Junius Brutus Booth, played John Brown in Seven Angry Men (1955), which was made in the same year as this film. He'd also played John Brown in Santa Fe Trail (1940) in 1940, the same year he played Abraham Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940). (In real life, John Wilkes Booth was a witness at the 1859 hanging of John Brown.) See more »

Goofs

When Edwin goes to meet John at their sister's request, the soldiers in the saloon and guarding John Brown's cell are wearing gray uniforms with blue trim. This is Hollywood's version of Confederate Infantry uniforms. However, Brown was executed on December 2, 1859, a full year before South Carolina seceded from the Union. The uniforms should have been Federal regular Army dark blue. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A Mad Romantic
5 July 2005 | by fowler-16See all my reviews

I first saw this when I was in high school and thinking of becoming an actor. Burton's performance and the film's highly romantic vision of Booth as the brooding "natural" Hamlet hooked me. Although it has the outlines of a typical biopic, The Prince of Players offers an extraordinary display of the kind of acting that, at its best, dominated the 19th century stage. Burton was one of the few 20th century artists who knew how to balance a ringing declamatory style with honest, full bodied emotions. It is so different from the typical modern understatement that some audience won't be able to adjust to it. But for those who relish language along with fire in the blood, this is as good as it gets on film. The portrait of the actor Edwin Booth, a man overburdened with the cares of the world, as impetuous, self-indulgent, and nearly batty, is a bit overheated. But it's a typical view of the artist in the mad tradition of Poe. Very 19th Century--and well worth knowing.


20 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 25 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed