To present high theater to a moviegoing audience looking for thrills and adventure is often a mistake, although MGM pulled it off in 1936 with its superb presentation of ROMEO AND JULIET, starring Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard. Here Fox offers a portrayal of the first family of
American theater, the "mad Booths of Maryland." Burton delivers a terrific performance as Edwin Booth, the greatest American thespian of the 19th century. The story begins with Burton playing both manager and nursemaid to his obviously talented but demented father, actor Junius Booth, broadly
essayed by Massey. (In real life Junius Brutus Booth haunted the New York prison known as the Tomb...