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Pop Culture References
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1009  Thursday, 22 May 2003

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 May 2003 08:15:36 -0400
        Subj:   Pop Culture References

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 May 2003 21:06:31 -0400
        Subj:   More Pop Cult


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 May 2003 08:15:36 -0400
Subject:        Pop Culture References

A Leave It to Beaver episode ends with Ward quoting Polonius's "neither
a borrow nor a lender be" to Wally, who then says "I never that the guy
who wrote junk like Hamlet could help me run a business."

In Perry Mason movie "The Case of the Velvet Claw," there are several
references to Macbeth.  Warren William as Perry Mason

In a Batman episode, there is a gold bust of Shakespeare near the bat
phone. Other episodes may have the same bust.

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 May 2003 21:06:31 -0400
Subject:        More Pop Cult

There's a reference to Hamlet in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars,
and Leone cut a scene he filmed with Elizabeth McGovern doing
Cleopatra's final speech from the final version of Once Upon in America.

Also, a recent episode of Boston Public (05-05-03) Chapter Sixty-Five
involves a white student (Eminem like) who uses rap music to slam
Shakespeare but who is then converted by the teacher into believing that
Shakespeare was the first rapper.

 And there's a reference to Romeo and Juliet in The Lizzie McGuire movie
http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/lizzie/  (Hillary Duff is sixteen
now,  and the movie takes place mostly in Rome.)

And there's a quotation from Julius Caesar and a brief animated sequence
with  Lizzie dressed as Hamlet holding Yorick's skull in an early
episode of The Lizzie  McGuire tv show (an early one when Lizzie was
closer to being a "tween") involving a quiz show competition over
history in which Lizzie and he friends are taught history by Mr. Dig
(who looks like he is fourteen) by living it rather than reading books.
They lose the quiz majorly.  There's a brief animated bit on Queen
Elizabeth I ("bald and fat") as well.
http://psc.disney.go.com/disneychannel/lizziemcguire/site/style/lizzieoutfit.html

Perhaps this one has already been recorded by Ken Rothwell, but in case
not, there are clips of Mickey Rooney as Puck in the Max Reinhardt MND
in Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising.  Anger claims he was the changeling
boy in the Reinhardt film, but he is not credited.

The recent PBS Kiss Me Kate is now out on DVD.

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