Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's "Henry IV" and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's (Keith Baxter's) drinking companion. The massive Knight roisters with and without the Prince, philosophizes comically, goes to war (in his own fashion), and meets his final disappointment, set in a real-looking late medieval England.
A Distinguished Company Breathes Life Into Shakespeare's Lusty Age of FALSTAFF
Did You Know?
This movie was based on the play "Five Kings". It was written by Orson Welles
and condensed William Shakespeare
's "Henry IV, V, VI" and "Richard III" into one show. He produced the show in New York City in 1939, but the opening night, during which Part 1 was performed, was a disaster, and Part 2 was never put on. He revamped the show and revisited it in 1960. Again, it was not successful. However, this later production was used as the basis for this movie. See more
In the shot immediately following the goof where the corpse of Hotspur momentarily opens and closes his mouth, a dummy has clearly replaced the actor playing Hotspur. This particular take was filmed when he wasn't available. See more
Jesus, the days that we have seen! Do you remember since we lay all night in the windmill in St. George's field?
No more of that, Master Shallow.
It was a merry night!
17 March 1967 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Chimes at Midnight
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Opening Weekend USA: $13,630,
3 January 2016
Gross USA: $126,724
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $126,724
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Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
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