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Alice's Playhouse

In Alice's Playhouse you will discover an exceptional collection of feature films adapted from some of the most celebrated plays ever written. Often featuring towering performances, outstanding direction and exceptional writing, this collection is a superb archive of contemporary drama masterfully transferred to the silver screen. Filmizations of The Bard's work may be scrolled via the 'Shakespeare' sub-feature in green on the left, along with other notable playwrights who have been adapted for celluloid. For adaptations of novels and short stories, check the 'Special Interest' link and click on 'Based on...' Right: Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh relax during the filming of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

Separate Tables (1958)

7.5/10
Director: Delbert Mann
Starring: Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, David Niven, Wendy Hiller, Gladys C...

Based on Terence Rattigan's play, this fine, textured drama, deals with the hopes and heartbreaks of the occupants of a British seaside resort. A kin... Read more

Indiscreet (1958)

6.8/10
Director: Stanley Donen
Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert, David Kossoff, Megs J...

Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant are perfectly cast in this witty comedy, adapted by Norman Krasna from his own stageplay, 'Kind Sir'. Bergman is a weal... Read more

Look Back In Anger (1958)

8.4/10
Director: Tony Richardson
Starring: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans, Gary Raymond

Richard Burton is perfectly cast as angry young Brit Jimmy Porter, in this scathingly realistic look at British life in the 1950s. Bristling with heat... Read more

Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

6.9/10
Director: Richard Quine
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Hermione Gingold, Janice Ru...

About-to-be-married publisher James Stewart finds himself smitten with Kim Novak, but is shocked to find out she's a witch! Jack Lemmon, Hermione Ging... Read more

Witness for the Prosecution ( Blu-ray ) (1957)

8.4/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power

Agatha Christie's play about a sensational London murder trial features great performances from Charles Laughton as the ageing lawyer, and from Tyrone... Read more

The Admirable Crichton (1957)

8.2/10
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Cecil Parker, Diane Cilento, Kenneth More

Comedy based on James Barrie's classic play in which Kenneth More's English butler, shipwrecked with his employers, resourcefully leads them in their... Read more

Timelock (1957)

2.8/10
Director: Gerald Thomas
Starring: Robert Ayres, Robert Beatty, Betty McDowell, Lee Patterson, Sean Connery

A textbook example of how a talented director and cast can do a lot with a little. Lensed in Canada, the story gets under way when a child is accident... Read more

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

8.4/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton

Agatha Christie's play about a sensational London murder trial features great performances from Charles Laughton as the ageing lawyer, and from Tyrone... Read more

The Lower Depths (1957)

7.5/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Ganjiro Nakamada

Adapted from a play by Maxim Gorky and following the adventures of a boarding home's odd residents, especially the love triangle that develops between... Read more

Throne of Blood (1957)

8.1/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Kurosawa's version of 'Macbeth' spares no effort in creating an atmosphere of obsessive madness and supernatural compulsion. The black and white contr... Read more