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Angered that his daughter Cordelia seems not to love him well enough, King Lear disinherits her, and gives up his kingdom to her two sisters, Regan and Goneril, under the stipulation that they provide for their father. With their fortunes assured, however, they quickly lose interest in Lear, and turn him out of their homes. Cordelia, meanwhile, has become Queen of France, and her husband begins a campaign against the British. The English troops defeat the French, however, and Cordelia is imprisoned and later hanged on the order of the unscrupulous Edmund. Then, realizing that only Cordelia had loved him sincerely, Lear dies of grief after her execution.
J. H. Gilmour
Wid's credits director Ernest Warde with the scenario. Among the many other screen adaptations of Shakespeare's play are: the 1970 British-Danish-U.S. co-production King Lear, starring Paul Scofield and directed by Peter Brook; the 1970 Russian production Korol Lir, starring Yuri Yarvet and directed by Grigori Kozintsev; the 1983 British TV production King Lear, starring Sir Laurence Olivier and directed by Michael Elliott; and the 1985 Japanese film Ran, starring Tatsuya Nakadai and directed by Akira Kurosawa.