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Murder in the Cathedral (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 25 March 1952 (USA)
The tape version, if one exists, may be 114 minutes but the film, on original release, ran the same 140 minutes in the USA as it did in England. It is an experimental transposition of the ... See full summary »

Director:

George Hoellering

Writers:

T.S. Eliot (play), T.S. Eliot (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Groser John Groser ... Thomas a Becket (as Father John Groser)
Alexander Gauge Alexander Gauge ... King Henry II
David Ward David Ward ... 1st Tempter
George Woodbridge ... 2nd Tempter
Basil Burton Basil Burton ... 3rd Tempter
T.S. Eliot ... 4th Tempter (voice)
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... First Priest
Clement McCallin Clement McCallin ... 2nd Priest - prior
Michael Groser Michael Groser ... Third Priest
Mark Dignam ... First Knight
Michael Aldridge ... Second Knight
Leo McKern ... Third Knight
Alban Blakelock Alban Blakelock ... Bishop Foliot
Niall MacGinnis ... Herald
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... 5th Priest
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Storyline

The tape version, if one exists, may be 114 minutes but the film, on original release, ran the same 140 minutes in the USA as it did in England. It is an experimental transposition of the Eliot play to the screen and, as such, and Eliot a poet, the film deals more with sound and meaning than it does film movement, i.e., static shots with voice overs. It is the story of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, and his struggles against temptation and personal vanity prior to his murder in the great Cathedral. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Great Play Becomes a Motion Picture Masterpiece!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asssassinio nella cattedrale See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Film Traders Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first film of Leo Mckern. See more »

Connections

Remade as Murder in the Cathedral (1962) See more »

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