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Hamlet (28-Sep-1948)

Director: Laurence Olivier

From a play: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Music by: William Walton

Keywords: Drama

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is visited by the ghost of his murdered father, who seeks revenge against the king's brother and murderer Claudius, who is now the new king after a hasty marriage to Hamlet's mother. Definitive film version of Shakespeare's play, though now challenged by Branagh's Hamlet (1996). Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Set Decoration and Best Costume Design; received nominations for Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Dramatic Score.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Felix Aylmer
21-Feb-1889 2-Sep-1979 Henry V
Peter Cushing
26-May-1913 11-Aug-1994 Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars
Stanley Holloway
1-Oct-1890 30-Jan-1982 Passport to Pimlico
Esmond Knight
4-May-1906 23-Feb-1987 The River
John Laurie
25-Mar-1897 23-Jun-1980 Pvt. James Frazer on Dad's Army
Niall MacGinnis
29-Mar-1913 6-Jan-1977 49th Parallel
Laurence Olivier
22-May-1907 11-Jul-1989 Shakespearean actor
Anthony Quayle
7-Sep-1913 20-Oct-1989 Ice-Cold in Alex
Jean Simmons
31-Jan-1929 22-Jan-2010 Guys and Dolls
Basil Sydney
23-Apr-1894 10-Jan-1968 English stage actor
Patrick Troughton
25-Mar-1920 28-Mar-1987 2nd Doctor on Doctor Who
Norman Wooland
16-Mar-1910 3-Apr-1989 Shakespearean stage actor


Men at Arms
John Laurie   ...   Francisco
Esmond Knight   ...   Bernardo
Anthony Quayle   ...   Marcellus
Niall MacGinnis   ...   Sea Captain
The Play Within the Play
Harcourt Williams   ...   First Player
Patrick Troughton   ...   Player King
Tony Tarver   ...   Player Queen
Servants to the Court
Peter Cushing   ...   Osric
Stanley Holloway   ...   Gravedigger
Russell Thorndike   ...   Priest
The Royal Court of Denmark
Basil Sydney   ...   Claudius, The King
Eileen Herlie   ...   Gertrude, The Queen
Laurence Olivier   ...   Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Norman Wooland   ...   Horatio, His Friend
Felix Aylmer   ...   Polonius, Lord Chamberlain
Terence Morgan   ...   Laertes, His Son
Jean Simmons   ...   Ophelia, His Daughter


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