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Prince Of Players (1955)

Prince Of Players (1955)

Prince Of Players





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Screenwriter Philip Dunne doubled as director on the elaborate filmed biography Prince of Players. Richard Burton stars as the eminent American tragedian Edwin Booth, whose life and career is thrown into turmoil after his younger brother John Wilkes Booth (John Derek) assassinates Abraham Lincoln. The film begins as the younger Edwin assists his alcoholic, ailing father Junius Brutus Booth (Raymond Massey) during a tour of the American hinterlands. When Junius dies just before a performance, Edwin goes on in his stead, thereby launching his own starring career. In danger of becoming as much of a drunk and carouser as his father, Edwin eventually pulls himself together, but his brother's act of violence turns the audience against the name of Booth. Almost booed offstage during a performance of Hamlet, Edwin stands his ground, finally earning the respect of his rowdy audience. Not exactly packed with fast action, Prince of Players will appeal most to lovers of theater in general and Shakespeare in particular. Highlight: Richard Burton and Eva LeGalleine performing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet in the courtyard of a brothel.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Moss Hart
In Theaters:
Twentieth Century Fox


Richard Burton
as Edwin Booth
Raymond Massey
as Junius Brutus Booth
Charles Bickford
as Dave Prescott
Maggie McNamara
as Mary Devlin Booth
John Derek
as John Wilkes Booth
Christopher C. Cook
as Edwin Booth (age 10)
Dayton Lummis
as English Doctor
Ian Keith
as King in Hamlet
Paul Stader
as Laertes
Louis Alexander
as John Booth (age 12)
Bill Walker
as Old Ben
Jack Raine
as Theater Manager
Charles Cane
as Theater Assistant
Betty Flint
as Lady Macbeth
Mae Marsh
as Witch in Macbeth
Stanley Hall
as Abraham Lincoln
Sarah Padden
as Mrs. Abe Lincoln
Ruth Clifford
as English Nurse
Ivan Hayes
as Bernardo
Paul H. Frees
as Francisco
Ben Wright
as Horatio
Melinda Markey
as Young Lady
Eleanor Audley
as Mrs. Montchesington
George Dunn
as Doorman
Steven Darrell
as Maj. Rathbone
Steve Darrell
as Maj. Rathbone
George Melford
as Stage Doorman
Tom Fadden
as Trenchard
Henry Kulky
as Bartender
Olan Soule
as Catesby
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