Macbeth (1960 film)

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Written by William Shakespeare
George Schaefer
Anthony Squire
Directed by George Schaefer
Starring Maurice Evans
Judith Anderson
Country of origin United States
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Phil C. Samuel
George Schaefer
Editor(s) Ralph Kemplen
Cinematography Freddie Young
Running time 120 minutes
Original release November 20, 1960 (1960-11-20)

Macbeth is a 1960 television film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. This, the second Hallmark Hall of Fame series teleplay of the play, was, like the 1954 live telecast, also directed by George Schaefer, and again starred Maurice Evans and the Australian-born Judith Anderson. The supporting cast, however, was different, consisting entirely of British actors, and was filmed on location in Scotland; the 1954 version had used a mostly American cast.

Filmed in color, the program was described in a contemporary publication as the "[m]ost expensive TV show of all time, costing $1,200,000."[1]

Internationally, this version was treated as a feature film, and was released theatrically in Europe. It was entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

This television film won five Primetime Emmy Awards at the 13th annual award ceremony, held in 1961.

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Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

At the 13th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, the top show of the night was the NBC anthology Hallmark Hall of Fame for this production of Macbeth. It won in all of its nominated categories, tying the record (since broken) of five major awards.

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  1. ^ Abbott, Peter (December 1960). "What's New on the East Coast". TV Radio Mirror 55 (1): 8. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  2. ^ " Awards for Macbeth". Retrieved 2010-01-23. 

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