Hallmark Hall Of Fame

Season 10 Episode 2


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 1960 on CBS
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The ambitious Thane of Glamis and his domineering wife plot to seize the throne of Scotland.

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  • "When the hurlyburly's done"...

    This was a lavish production, nicely photographed on several impressive locations by the great cameraman F.A. (Freddie) Young, who soon afterwards went off to North Africa to film "Lawrence Of Arabia", and featuring an excellent cast. However, it's all rather uninspired - it's workmanlike and serves as a good "schools" version of the play, useful for students, but that's all. It entirely lacks the bravura excitement and dazzling imagination of Orson Welles's 1948 film, or the awful suspense and dread that informs the later film version (1971), directed by Roman Polanski. Maurice Evans, as usual, declaims the verse nicely without ever greatly moving us. Judith Anderson does have plenty of the viper in her as Lady M., but, like Evans, she's far too old for the part.moreless
  • Hallmark's 1960 production of William Shakespeare's tragedy, MACBETH, performed by such gifted actresses as Judith Anderson. Although I saw this version when I was 15 in 1960, and again at a later date, I never saw it again since.moreless

    A few words to describe this version: superb cast with superb acting, well understood and well done overall.*****

    The performances and sets, although in black and white, were awesome to an impressionable adolescent about the forces of evil, power and maddening guilt. Judith Anderson, a mature Lady Macbeth, was awesome in her sleepwalking scene. It made me recall her performance as Medea in another TV performance not too long before the HHF's presentation of Macbeth. In the 1960's,the youth of America were very fortunate to see quality productions since it was not possible for many to go to the Globe Theater in England, or the Stratford, Connecticut, Shakespearean theater or elsewhere. If Hallmark could bring Shakespeare's plays back to the screen like it did in 1980, our youth and older audiences could find common satisfaction in a classical drama well done.moreless

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    • The film won 5 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directorial Drama Program, Outstanding Program in the Field of Drama, Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Maurice Evans, Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Judith Anderson and The Program of the Year.

    • This was not the first time "Macbeth" had been performed on the "Hallmark Hall Of Fame" - there had been a live performance in 1954 - but this was conceived and executed as a TV movie, done on a lavish scale. Several ancient castles in Great Britain were employed for the location filming (mostly in England rather than Scotland) and the film got a cinema release in the UK and other parts of Europe.