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Hamlet on Film Query
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0546  Thursday, 26 February 2004

From:           Tom Pendleton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 Feb 2004 12:41:16 -0500
Subject: 15.0514 Hamlet on Film Query
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0514 Hamlet on Film Query

Tanya

It looks to me that you're right.  Ken Rothwell's Shakespeare on Screen
lists only snippets of Hamlet--the longest is Forbes-Robertson's 22
minutes--prior to the Nielsen film.  Barrymore's 1933 test shots don't
include "To be or not to be," so Hepburn is probably the first to read
them on screen.  Interestingly, this would seem to mean that the second
actor to read the speech, and the first male actor, was Jack Benny.

Tom Pendleton

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