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Oedipus Rex (1957 film)

Oedipus Rex is a 1957 film, a film version of the Canadian Stratford Festival production of the William Butler Yeats adaptation of the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles.[1][2]

Oedipus Rex
Directed byTyrone Guthrie
Produced byLeonid Kipnis
Written byWilliam Butler Yeats adaptation of the play by Sophocles
Based onOedipus Rex
by Sophocles
StarringDouglas Rain, Douglas Campbell , Eric House, Robert Goodier, Donald Davis, Eleanor Stuart, Tony van Bridge, Eric House, William Hutt
Distributed byMotion Picture Distributors
Release date
  • January 6, 1957 (1957-01-06)
Running time
87 minutes

The actors performed wearing masks, as was the practice in Ancient Greek theatre.


After the film was released comedic musician Tom Lehrer, noting that the film lacked a theme song "the people could hum", composed "Oedipus Rex", a satirical "theme song" for the film. The song is included on Lehrer's album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer.


  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley (January 8, 1957). "Movie Review: Oedipus Rex (1957) Screen: 'Oedipus Rex'; Staging at Canadian Festival Is Filmed". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  2. ^ Wyndham Wise (ed.). "Oedipus Rex". Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. p. 155. Retrieved October 24, 2013.

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