Macbeth (1948)

USA, 1948
89m (original release version), 107m (premiere/restored versions)
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Orson Welles.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Orson Welles
MCMXLVIII [1948] by Literary Classics Productions
A Republic picture logo]. Charles K. Feldman presents a Mercury production by Orson Welles
Producer: Orson Welles *
Associate Producer: Richard Wilson
By: William Shakespeare
Adaptation: Orson Welles *
Director of Photography: John L. Russell
Film Editor: Louis Lindsay
Music by: Jacques Ibert
Sound: John Stransky Jr and Garry Harris
Women's Costumes Designed by: Adele Palmer
Makeup Supervision: Bob Mark
Hair Stylist: Peggy Gray
Special Effects: Howard and Theodore Lydecker
Art Director: Fred Ritter
Studio: Republic Studios/CBS Studio Center, Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA *

Orson Welles ()
Jeanette Nolan (Lady Macbeth)
Dan O'Herlihy (Macduff)
Roddy McDowall (Malcolm)
Edgar Barrier (Banquo)
Alan Napier (a holy father)
Erskine Sanford (Duncan)
John Dierkes (Ross)
Keene Curtis (Lennox)
Peggy Webber (Lady Macduff/witch)
Lionel Braham (Siward)
Archie Heugly (young Siward)
Jerry Farber (Fleance)
Christopher Welles (Macduff child)
Morgan Farley (doctor)
Lurene Tuttle (gentlewoman)
Brainerd Duffield (first murderer)
William Alland (second murderer)
George Chirello (Seyton)
Gus Schilling (a porter)
Brainerd Duffield, Lurene Tuttle, Peggy Webber (the three)

Alternative Titles

Macbeth – Reinado de Sangue – Brazil
Makbet – Poland

Extracts included in
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)



  • by Walt Lee p.272 – credits
  • Shakespeare and the Film by Roger Manvell pp.55-61; 163-164 – notes; credits
  • Shakespeare on Screen by Daniel Rosenthal pp.72-73 – illustrated article