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King John (1899)

King John does whatever it takes to keep himself on the throne of England, making enemies of the pope, France, and his nephew along the way.

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Herbert Beerbohm Tree (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Herbert Beerbohm Tree Herbert Beerbohm Tree ... King John
Dora Tulloch Dora Tulloch ... Prince Henry (as Dora Senior)
Charles Sefton Charles Sefton ... Arthur
J. Fisher White J. Fisher White ... Earl of Pembroke (as James Fisher)
S.A. Cookson S.A. Cookson ... Earl of Salisbury
Franklyn McLeay Franklyn McLeay ... Hubert de Burgh
Lewis Waller ... Philip Faulconbridge
Julia Neilson ... Constance
William Mollison William Mollison ... Philip, King of France
Gerald Lawrence Gerald Lawrence ... Lewis, the Dauphin
Louis Calvert Louis Calvert ... Cardinal Pandulph
Norman McKinnel Norman McKinnel ... Lymoges
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Storyline

Based on Shakespeare's play, Act V, Scene vii: King John is in torment, and his supporters fear that his end is near. As he writhes in agony, he is attended by Prince Henry, the Earl of Pembroke, and Robert Bigot. Prince Henry tries repeatedly to comfort his delirious father, but to no avail - John's pain is too great. Written by Snow Leopard

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prince | king | earl | kneel | baron | See All (31) »

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Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

20 September 1899 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Beerbohm Tree, the Great English Actor See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(full) | (extant)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Other than Lewis Waller, none of the actors who appeared in any of the four scenes in "King John" are known to have been filmed as actors before. Lewis Waller had appeared in 'Fencing Contest From "The Three Musketeers'(1898)', also made by the British Mutoscope & Biograph Company and directed by William K.L. Dickson. See more »

Quotes

King John: Ay marry, now my soul hath elbow room,/ It would not out at windows, nor at doors,/ There is so hot a summer in my bosom,/ That all my bowels crumble up to dust:/ I am a scribbled form drawn with a pen/ Upon a parchment, and against this fire/ Do I shrink up.
Prince Henry: How fares your Majesty?
King John: Poison'd, ill fare: dead, forsook, cast off,/ And none of you will bid the winter come/ To thrust his icy fingers in my maw;/ Nor let my kingdom's rivers take their course/ Through my burn'd bosom: nor entreat the ...
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Alternate Versions

Scene Three only [International distribution, 1899+] See more »

Connections

Version of King John Act IV Scene I (2012) See more »

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Perhaps the earliest "Shakespeare" film,...of at least it says it's Shakespeare!
30 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film purports to be KING JOHN, though you'd really not recognize any of the great bard in this film. Like all the films you would have seen in 1899, it's very, very, very brief (at about three minutes, it's actually longer than many contemporary films). The problem is you really can't do a Shakespeare play in three minutes!! And it's obvious that the director really didn't try to encapsulate the entire film--just one long and very over-done scene. In fact, all the film consists of is a guy dressed like a king apparently writhing in pain (I think he's trying to pass a kidney stone or something). And that's it!!! No plot, no action apart from the writhing and no relationship to KING JOHN or any other play by Shakespeare!


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