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Re: *R3* Spinoffs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0224.  Sunday, 17 March 1996.

(1)     From:   Janis Lull <
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        Date:   Saturday, 16 Mar 1996 16:57:10 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0218  Qs: R3 Spinoffs

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        Date:   Saturday, 16 Mar 1996 21:57:47 -0500
        Subj:   *R3* Spinoffs


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From:           Janis Lull <
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Date:           Saturday, 16 Mar 1996 16:57:10 +0000
Subject: 7.0218  Qs: R3 Spinoffs
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0218  Qs: R3 Spinoffs

> Are there any interesting Richard III spinoffs available on video?
>
>  Suba Subbarao

There are at least two spinoffs called "Tower of London."  One dates from 1939
and stars Basil Rathbone as Richard, Vincent Price as Clarence, and Boris
Karloff as a homicidal henchman who has no real analog in Shakespeare.  The
other "Tower," directed by Roger Corman in 1962, features Vincent Price as
Richard.

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From:           Laura Blanchard <
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Date:           Saturday, 16 Mar 1996 21:57:47 -0500
Subject:        *R3* Spinoffs

I'm not sure what's meant by "R3 spinoffs available on video." There's a real
howler with Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone and/or Vincent Price -- the original
was made in the Thirties and I think it was also remade in the Fifties --
called _The Tower of London_. It's available on video pretty cheap.

The first episode of Rowan Atkinson's comedy series _Blackadder_ explains how
Edmund Blackadder accidentally stabbed kindly uncle Richard III on Bosworth
Field, thus paving the way for the reign of Richard IV (Brian Blessed).

The Teaching Company (Springfield VA) has video lecture series, including one
with Dartmouth's Peter Saccio doing the history plays, including Richard III.

There is of course the Olivier version, available on video -- including a
version that shows 17 minutes of previously unseen stuff, including Gielgud's
"false, fleeting, perjured Clarence" and the scene where all the hard-core
Yorkists taunt Elizabeth Woodville for her Lancastrian heritage. One would
expect the McKellen version to be available on video in the coming months, as
well as Pacino's documentary, which was previewed at Sundance and is expected
to be released some time in the coming weeks.

Regards,
Laura Blanchard
Richard III Society, American Branch

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