Joe MacBeth

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Joe MacBeth
Joe MacBeth film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Hughes
Produced by M.J. Frankovich
George Maynard (executive producer)
Written by Ken Hughes
Philip Yordan
Based on the play Macbeth 
by William Shakespeare
Starring Paul Douglas
Ruth Roman
Bonar Colleano
Music by Trevor Duncan
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Edited by Peter Rolfe Johnson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • October 18, 1955 (1955-10-18) (UK)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Joe MacBeth is a 1955 British–American crime drama, directed by Ken Hughes and starring Paul Douglas, Ruth Roman and Bonar Colleano.[1] It is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in a 1930s American criminal underworld. The film's plot closely follows that of Shakespeare's original play.[2]



  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | JOE MACBETH (1954)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  2. ^ Jackson pp. 310–311


  • Jackson, Russell. The Cambridge companion to Shakespeare on film. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

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