The Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera

DVD (Full Frame)

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Laurence Olivier makes his singing debut in this lively adaptation of John Gay's 18th century theatrical piece The Beggar's Opera. Olivier stars as Captain MacHeath, the leader of all bandits and cutthroats in England. MacHeath is in love with Polly Peachum (Dorothy Tutin), the daughter of beggar king Peachum (George Devine). He has also dallied with Lucy (Daphne Anderson), the offspring of corrupt constable (Stanley Holloway) Lockit. Since it is in the best interest for both Peachum and Lockit to rid the world of MacHeath, the two conspire to imprison and hang the scoundrel, but an unexpected turn of events rescues MacHeath from the executioner's noose. Adapted for the screen by Dennis Canaan and Christopher Fry, The Beggar's Opera manages to retain the raffish charm of the stage original while still being wholly cinematic in approach and execution. The same basic story was later retooled by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill as The Threepenny Opera.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316125892
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 46,734

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Olivier Capt. MacHeath
Stanley Holloway Lockit
George Devine Peachum
Daphne Anderson Lucy Lockit
Mary Clare Mrs. Peachum
Hugh Griffith The Beggar
Athene Seyler Mrs. Trapes
Yvonne Furneaux Jenny Diver
Dorothy Tutin Polly Peachum
Dennis Cannan Footman
John Baker Actor
Cyril Conway Actor
Sandra Dorne Sukey Tawdrey
Felix Felton Actor
John Kidd Actor
Laurence Naismith Actor
George Rose 1st Turnkey
Bombardier Billy Wells Hangman
Kenneth Williams Jack
Margot Grahame Actress
Ondrej Vetchý Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Brook Director
Reginald Beck Editor
Arthur Bliss Score Composer
Dennis Cannan Screenwriter
Christopher Fry Screenwriter
Guy Green Cinematographer
Laurence Olivier Producer
Georges Wakhévitch Production Designer
Herbert Wilcox Producer

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