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Shakespeare Screenplays

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Shakespeare Screenplays
Inclusive Dates: circa 1944-1948
Quantity: 3 mimeographed screenplays (SC).
Abstract: Typwritten, mimeographed treatments and screenplay from film versions of William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Henry V.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

William Shakespeare's plays have been performed and recorded in many different mediums throughout the years. These materials are from Laurence's Olivier's film versions Hamlet and Henry V. Olivier's Hamlet won a total of four Oscars, including the Best Picture award and two for Roger Furse in Art Direction and Costume Design.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Shakespeare Screenplays consists of two paperbound, mimeographed scenarios/treatments for Henry V (1944) and a screenplay for Hamlet (1948). Two of the scripts have Roger Furse's name written or typed in them, and Hamlet also has a label with the name: "Theodore Bernstein."

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Arrangement of the Collection

The bound scripts are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Bernstein, Theodore.
Dent, Alan.
Furse, Roger.
Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989.

Associated Titles

Hamlet (Motion picture : 1948).
Henry V (Motion picture : 1944).


Hamlet (Legendary character) -- Drama.
Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422 -- Drama.

Genres and Forms

Treatments (documents)


Costume designers.
Screen writers.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Shakespeare Screenplays,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: AM
Date: 28 Apr 2009
Revision history:

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SC 315 Hamlet undated - 146 p.
SC 315 Henry V undated - "Eire sequence, scenes 136-258."
SC 315 Henry V undated - "Revised treatment for Technicolor Film."

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