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Master Will Shakespeare (1936)

Approved | | Short, Biography | 13 June 1936 (USA)
A short biography of William Shakespeare that highlights the various jobs he worked at in the theatre.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carey Wilson ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

A brief biography of the Bard beginning and ending in Stratford. After grammar school and marriage to Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare goes to London and gets a job tending patron's horses during performances at Burbage's Blackfriars Theatre, is promoted to prompter, and soon writes his first historical play, "Henry VI." Success as a writer, actor, and part owner of the Globe Theatre comes quickly. The film imagines Shakespeare as lonely and melancholy, with the romantic and doomed love of "Romeo and Juliet" as his favorite work. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Biography

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maître Will See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed as a promotion piece to the then-upcoming MGM film Romeo and Juliet (1936). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Let's pretend it's 372 years ago and we're approaching, by way of the gentle Avon, that lovely little English town of Stratford; where was born the greatest dramatist of all time, William Shakespeare.
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Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.12 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
(uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by studio orchestra
[Played when lonely Shakespeare sits in a tavern quoting lines from the namesake play]
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An education in eight minutes
13 April 2002 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

MGM shorts come in several varieties. There are the CRIME DOES NOT PAY series, in which a grim story is told. There is the Robert Benchley short, which is very funny and nothing is learned. There is the Pete Smith special, in which we may or may not learn anything, but there will be smirking, and there is the Carey Wilson short in which you will learn something dull and good for you and. This is one of them: earnest, short and not very interesting, sort of like Cliff Notes.


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