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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.


Daniel Petrie


Leo Penn (adaptation), William Shakespeare (play)

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Episode credited cast:
Theodore Bikel ... Julius Caesar
Philip Bourneuf Philip Bourneuf ... Brutus
Paul Brinson Paul Brinson ... Himself - Announcer (voice)
Maria Britneva ... Calpurnia (as Maria Brit-neva)
Michael Conrad ... Citizen
Roy Dean Roy Dean ... Citizen
Bruce Gordon ... Clitus
June Graham June Graham ... Herself - Commercial Spokeswoman
John Heldabrand John Heldabrand ... Dardanius
George Mitchell ... Citizen
Richard Morse Richard Morse ... Lucius
James O'Rear James O'Rear ... Decius
Alfred Ryder ... Marc Antony
Lawrence Ryle Lawrence Ryle ... Cinna
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Soothsayer


The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

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Release Date:

1 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Version of Julius Caesar (1979) See more »


Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Good if you like a Shakespeare play cut in half
22 May 2013 | by Miles-10See all my reviews

This is the Cliffsnotes version of "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" with the multi-talented Leo Penn picking out the highlights and stringing them together in a more or less coherent manner for his script. It certainly does the one thing that a production of this play should always do, and that is to make the audience wonder why it is not called "The Tragedy of Marcus Junius Brutus," which is what it is from a dramatic viewpoint.

In any case, Penn saved a great deal of time by cutting the lines of the major female characters completely. Maria Britneva as Calpurnia can only look on in mute distress as her husband, Caesar (Theodore Bikel), casts caution to the wind, and an uncredited actress in the role of Porcia takes her role lying down--her husband, Brutus (Philip Bourneuf), seems oddly to be fussing with her breasts while she sleeps.

An odd costume/staging touch is that in his earliest scenes Marc Antony (Alfred Ryder) appears clad only from the waist down with his left arm sleeved in some fabric, or perhaps leather, while that hand holds a coiled whip. (Just what is Antony's relationship with Caesar?) As always, Antony's stealing the hearts of the mob with his self-deprecating but silver-tongued rhetoric is a wonder to behold. (Shakespeare himself shrank the historical time line just as Leo Penn has shortened this play; Antony's speech came about five days after the assassination, not on the same day.)

The cast is generally good, though most of it, other than Theodore Bikel and Michael Tolan (in a seemingly small role here as Octavian), is unknown to me. The brevity of this version may be favorable to appreciating those issues that might be brought into greater relief without the camouflage of the rest of the play. Octavian says at the end that Brutus was the only one of the assassins who did it for idealism while the others did it for pure envy. (Certainly Shepperd Strudwick as Cassius and Michael Strong as Casca lend credence to Octavian's judgment.) But I am moved to wonder about Shakespeare's judgment on his own characters. Is Octavian justified just because he won? Is Octavian like Henry Tudor (Henry VII) in Shakespeare's mind? Does Shakespeare take a side in this play or is he equally drawn to both the case for conservative republicanism and that for emerging monarchism (which was, of course, conservative by Shakespeare's time)? Is he repelled by either side or only by the fickleness of the mob?

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