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The Royal Family (Broadway Theatre Archive)
The Royal Family (Broadway Theatre Archive)

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Manufacturer: Image Entertainment
Publisher: Image Entertainment
Starring: Donald Barton, Forrest Buckman, David A. Butler, Michael Cuddy, Keene Curtis
Directed By: Ellis Rabb

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Product Description:
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
Brand: Image Entertainment
EAN: 0014381087925
Format: Multiple Formats
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Image Entertainment
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Image Entertainment
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 2002-02-05
Publisher: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2002-02-05
Running Time: 120
Studio: Image Entertainment
Editorial Review:
George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber collaborated on this 1927 hit comedy about an eminent and slightly eccentric theatrical clan. A Barrymore-like brood, the Cavendishes are as flamboyant offstage as they are on. Their real-life family drama occurs in a Manhattan apartment when the grand matriarch, Fanny Cavendish, learns that her daughter and granddaughter may both be giving up the stage for marriage. Theatre legends Rosemary Harris, Eva LeGallienne, Sam Levene and Ellis Rabb have great fun portraying characters they know all too well from their years on stage.
Elegantly written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, The Royal Family had more impact in 1927, when its similarities to the Barrymore clan were readily apparent, but this frequently witty drama remains relevant in exploring the blessings and curses of life on the stage. An affectionate portrait of a multigenerational family of eccentric American thespians, the play draws its lifeblood from Lily Cavendish (a perfect role for stage veteran Eva LeGallienne), now in her final days and still yearning for greasepaint and footlights. Her children followed her into theater, but marriage now tempts them away, and flamboyant son Tony (played by codirector Ellis Rabb, channeling John Barrymore) faces legal problems from Hollywood. What's a matriarch to do? Rabb favors Ferber's familial drama over Kaufman's comedic precision, and the play mildly suffers from that imbalance. Still, its purebred pedigree remains intact, and The Royal Family lives on as a celebration of the acting fever that never goes away. --Jeff Shannon
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