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Prince of Players (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 24 June 1955 (West Germany)
A tragic and sentimental story that depicts the early career of the 19th century American actor, Edwin Booth with some mention of the events leading to the assassination of President ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Dunne

Writers:

Moss Hart, Eleanor Ruggles (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Burton ... Edwin Booth
Maggie McNamara ... Mary Devlin Booth
John Derek ... John Wilkes Booth
Raymond Massey ... Junius Brutus Booth
Charles Bickford ... Dave Prescott
Elizabeth Sellars ... Asia Booth
Eva Le Gallienne ... Gertrude in 'Hamlet'
Christopher Cook Christopher Cook ... Edwin Booth at 10
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... English Doctor
Ian Keith ... Ghost of Hamlet's Father in 'Hamlet'
Bill Walker ... Old Ben (as William Walker)
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Storyline

A tragic and sentimental story that depicts the early career of the 19th century American actor, Edwin Booth with some mention of the events leading to the assassination of President Lincoln by Edwin's brother, John Wilkes Booth. In the film, Edwin's days in the spotlight dwindle shortly after his brother is caught and killed for assassinating Lincoln. Written by alfiehitchie

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Were the Whispers True?

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

König der Schauspieler See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,570,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Raymond Massey plays Junius Brutus Booth, father of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. Massey himself played Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) and How the West Was Won (1962). Additionally, Ian Keith, who appears as the Ghost of Hamlet's Father in a "Hamlet" scene, played John Wilkes Booth in D.W. Griffith's film, Abraham Lincoln (1930). See more »

Goofs

When Edwin goes to meet John at their sister's request, the soldiers in the saloon and guarding John Brown's cell are wearing gray uniforms with blue trim. This is Hollywood's version of Confederate Infantry uniforms. However, Brown was executed on December 2, 1859, a full year before South Carolina seceded from the Union. The uniforms should have been Federal regular Army dark blue. See more »

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The Stage
28 December 2009 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

The story of the Booth family of actors with the heavy drinking and mad father, Junius Brutus, played by Raymond Massey who is accompanied on his tours out west to the mining camps by son Edwin, a child actor who morphs into Richard Burton), while John Wilkes (John Derek) hones his acting skills and soaks up secessionist fervor in the South. The various stages are set for the young actors, with John Wilkes choosing to act on a bigger stage, as he says to his brother in one scene. The movie focuses on Edwin played by Richard Burton who takes over the Shakespeare roles his father leaves behind when he (the father) cannot carry on any longer. The big dramatic question is if Edwin will follow in his father's footsteps. Who rescues him from the same fate of his father but the beautiful Juliet to his Romeo played by Maggie MacNamara. It may seem a little contrived, but actually the film captures the times really well, portraying the pivotal roles of the theater, the stage, and the actors.


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