Thursday, May 10, 2012

Aimless Reading: The S's, Part 19.8 (William Shakespeare)

Julius Caesar
Shakespeare, William
Julius Caesar

My earliest encounter with this play came via the old "Our Gang" serials, featuring The Little Rascals. Before we owned a VHS at home, my father belonged to a movie club run by Blackhawk films, where he could buy 8mm copies of old one reelers and abridged versions of classic features.

He owned an abridged version of "Duck Soup," as well as one reelers from the same era featuring the likes of Laurel and Hardy and The Little Rascals. Our family often spent Friday nights in a darkened room watching home movies of our soccer games, as well as a host of old films he'd purchased. I seem to recall he also owned an abridged version of "Scrooge," featuring Alastair Sim in the title role.

Anyhow, in one of the "Our Gang" episodes, I recall that Spanky attempts to recite Mark Antony's speech for a talent show, but before he can get the words, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" out of his mouth, all hell breaks loose in the theater.

Ah, I found it! Here's your history lesson for the morning.

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