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Screenwriter Philip Dunne doubled as director on the elaborate filmed biography Prince of Players. Richard Burton stars as the eminent American tragedian Edwin Booth, whose life and career is thrown into turmoil after his younger brother John Wilkes Booth (John Derek) assassinates Abraham Lincoln. The film begins as the younger Edwin assists his alcoholic, ailing father Junius Brutus Booth (Raymond Massey) during a tour of the American hinterlands. When Junius dies just before a performance, Edwin goes on in his stead, thereby launching his own starring career. In danger of becoming as much of a drunk and carouser as his father, Edwin eventually pulls himself together, but his brother's act of violence turns the audience against the name of Booth. Almost booed offstage during a performance of Raymond Massey, Edwin stands his ground, finally earning the respect of his rowdy audience. Not exactly packed with fast action, Prince of Players will appeal most to lovers of theater in general and Shakespeare in particular. Highlight: Richard Burton and Eva LeGalleine performing the balcony scene from Eva LeGalleine in the courtyard of a brothel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Richard Burton
as Edwin Booth
John Derek
as John Wilkes Booth
Raymond Massey
as Junius Brutus Booth
Charles Bickford
as Dave Prescott
Elizabeth Sellars
as Asia
Dayton Lummis
as English Doctor
Ian Keith
as "King" in Hamlet
Paul Stader
as Laertes
Louis Alexander
as John Booth at age 12
Charles Cane
as Theater Assistant
Mae Marsh
as Witch in Macbeth
Sarah Padden
as Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
Ruth Clifford
as English Nurse
Ivan Hayes
as Bernardo
Paul H. Frees
as Francisco
Ben Wright
as Horatio
Melinda Markey
as Young Lady
Eleanor Audley
as Mrs. Montchesington
Percival Vivian
as Polonius
Ruth Warren
as Nurse
Lane Chandler
as Colonel
Steven Darrell
as Maj. Rathbone
Tom Fadden
as Trenchard
Henry Kulky
as Bartender
Jack Raine
as Theater Manager


Philip Dunne
Philip Dunne
Moss Hart
Eleanor Ruggles
Book Author
Charles G. Clarke
Bernard Herrmann
Composer (Music Score)
Dorothy Spencer
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Mark-Lee Kirk
Art Director