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The Queen and the Rebels

Newspapers in 1961 reported that director Franco Zeffirelli was planning to film Ugo Betti's 1949 play The Queen and the Rebels (originally titled La regina e lgli insorti) with actress Beatrice Straight in the lead role.

Alfred Hitchcock had originally optioned the rights to the play but then sold them on to Peter Cookson and Marilyn Shapiro for $20,000 in 1959.[1]

According to research by Sidney Gottlieb, Hitchcock may have initially intended to bring the play to the New York stage in the mid-1950s.[2]

Notes & References

  1. As reported in the New York Times (16/Aug/1961).
  2. See "Unknown Hitchcock: the unrealized projects" in Hitchcock: Past and Future (2004) edited by Richard Allen & Sam Ishii-Gonzales.