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Re: Shakespeare on Bewitched
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0379  Friday, 5 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 04 Mar 1999 09:50:59 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0369 Shakespeare on Bewitch

[2]     From:   Stephen Holcombe <
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        Date:   Thursday, 04 Mar 1999 20:07:37 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0369 Shakespeare on Bewitched


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 04 Mar 1999 09:50:59 -0800
Subject: 10.0369 Shakespeare on Bewitched
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0369 Shakespeare on Bewitched

>Maurice, Samantha's father, mentioned another warlock, who wrote "Lord, what
>fools these mortals be" and started in on the "All the world's a stage..." before
>Samantha interrupted him and asked him to leave.

This is very funny metadramatically, I think the word fits here, since I
believe that character was played by Maurice Evans who did seven
Shakespearean productions for The Hallmark Hall of Fame in the early 50s
through the early 60s, and was perhaps the best known Shakespearean
actor on the American stage in the 40s.  His uncut Hamlet in the late
30s, and his G.I. Hamlet during WWII and after were particular
sensations.  All this followed much praise at the Old Vic between the
wars.

This is even funnier since many of us who see the kinescopes of those
Hallmark shows think he is pretty awful.  He received a lot of praise at
the time, but there was a strong undercurrent of dispraise for the
sameness of his TV performances and the flatness of his verse speaking,
the very faults I find viewing his work today.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Stephen Holcombe <
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Date:           Thursday, 04 Mar 1999 20:07:37 -0500
Subject: 10.0369 Shakespeare on Bewitched
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0369 Shakespeare on Bewitched

And of course Maurice was played by Maurice Evans, who during the 1950's
was generally thought of as a Shakespearean actor. Later, of course, he
reached his thespian apotheosis as Dr. Zaius in the "Planet of the Apes"
films.
 

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