As You Like It (January 8, 1936)

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Sir Laurence Olivier in As You Like It
 

Released on January 8, 1936: Sir Laurence Olivier plays the part of Orlando in this 1936 epic production of William Shakespear's love story.

Directed by Paul Czinner

The Actors: Sir Laurence Olivier (Orlando), Henry Ainley (exiled Duke), Elisabeth Bergner (Rosalind), Felix Aylmer (Duke Frederick), Stuart Robertson (Amiens), Leon Quartermaine (Jacques), Austin Trevor (Le Beau), Lionel Braham (Charles the wrestler), John Laurie (Oliver), J. Fisher White (Adam), Mackenzie Ward (Touchstone), Aubrey Mather (Corin), Richard Ainley (Sylvius), Peter Bull (William), Sophie Stewart (Celia), Joan White (Phoebe), Dorice Fordred (Audrey), W.K. Clark (guard), C. Hall (page), Laurence Hanray (the third Lord), Cyril Horrocks (the first Lord), Ellis Irving (the second Lord), Muriel Johnston (Hisperia), G. Lawrence (page), Moore Marriott (Denis), A.H. Scott (guard)

 

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Shakespeare and Sir Laurence Olivier

It is said that in 1599 author William Shakespeare played the part of Adam in this love story, and it has been a favorite tale on stage for almost 500 years. It is amazing that after half a millennium people are still very much the same, and while the manner of speech has changed since Shakespeare's time, the personalities and emotions of men and women have changed very little. In this motion picture telling of the story a very young and handsome Laurence Olivier plays the part of Orlando, who falls desperately in love with the daughter of a deposed Duke, but after the two lovers meet they are separated and exiled, probably never to meet again. Laurence Olivier was working day and night in this period of his young acting career - after a full day of filming for this Shakespeare epic he went to the theater and performed every evening in the Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet" - talk about your work-a-holic! Ahhh to be young and not need sleep! I have never been afraid of hard work or long work hours, and for several years I worked three jobs . . . sixty hours a week as a restaurant General Manager, twenty hours a week as a clerk in a store at the local shopping mall, and ten to fifteen hours a week entering job data into an accounting computer program for a small contractor. But alas, those ambitious days are (hopefully) well behind me, and I enjoy . . . really enjoy . . . periods of total nothingness when I can meditate on anything or nothing at all . . . or watch a 500 year old story that can make one laugh and cry and love life again, as if the great bard Shakespeare had written the story just for me and you. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and relax, forget about the cares of the day, and enjoy the show.

Austin Trevor and Laurence Olivier in As You Like It
Austin Trevor and Laurence Olivier in As You Like It
Austin Trevor as Le Beau
Austin Trevor as Le Beau
Austin Trevor in As You Like It
Austin Trevor in As You Like It
Elisabeth Bergner and Sophie Stewart
Elisabeth Bergner and Sophie Stewart
Elisabeth Bergner as the deposed daughter of the Duke
Elisabeth Bergner as the deposed daughter of the Duke
Elisabet Bergner sees Laurence Olivier
Elisabet Bergner sees Laurence Olivier
Elisabeth Bergner in the forest
Elisabeth Bergner in the forest
Elisabeth Bergner sees Orlando in the forest
Elisabeth Bergner sees Orlando in the forest
Felix Aylmer as Duke Frederick
Felix Aylmer as Duke Frederick
Henry Ainley as the exiled Duke
Henry Ainley as the exiled Duke
J. Fisher White and Laurence Olivier
J. Fisher White and Laurence Olivier
J. Fisher White as Adam
J. Fisher White as Adam
John Laurie as older brother Oliver
John Laurie as older brother Oliver
John Laurie in As You Like It
John Laurie in As You Like It
Laurence Olivier as Orlando in As You Like It
Laurence Olivier as Orlando in As You Like It
Laurence Olivier in the forest
Laurence Olivier in the forest
Lionel Braham as Charles the court wrestler
Lionel Braham as Charles the court wrestler
Lionel Braham as Charles, ready to wrestle and try to kill Orlando
Lionel Braham as Charles, ready to wrestle and try to kill Orlando
Mackenzie Ward as Touchstone the jester
Mackenzie Ward as Touchstone the jester
Mackenzie Ward in As You Like It
Mackenzie Ward in As You Like It
Laurence Olivier in the 1936 movie As You Like It
Laurence Olivier in the 1936 movie As You Like It
Sophie Stewart and Elisabeth Bergner dream about finding Orlando
Sophie Stewart and Elisabeth Bergner dream about finding Orlando
Sophie Stewart and Elisabeth Bergner see Orlando in the forest
Sophie Stewart and Elisabeth Bergner see Orlando in the forest