Mary of Scotland (film)
|Mary of Scotland|
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Written by||adaptation of the 1933 Maxwell Anderson play|
|Screenplay by||Dudley Nichols|
|Music by||Nathaniel Shilkret|
|Cinematography||Joseph H. August
|Edited by||Jane Loring|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
Mary of Scotland is a 1936 RKO film starring Katharine Hepburn as the 16th century ruler, Mary, Queen of Scots. Directed by John Ford, it is an adaptation of the 1933 Maxwell Anderson play. The screenplay was written by Dudley Nichols. The play starred Helen Hayes as Mary. It is largely in blank verse. Ginger Rogers wanted to play this role and made a convincing screen test, but RKO rejected her request to be cast in the part feeling that the role was not suitable to Miss Rogers' image.
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Mary (Katharine Hepburn), by assuming her throne as Queen of Scotland, strikes terror into the heart of Queen Elizabeth I (Florence Eldridge). After languishing in jail for 18 years at Elizabeth's command, Mary is offered a pardon if she will sign away her throne. Will she accept the deal, or die instead?
- Katharine Hepburn as Mary Stuart
- Fredric March as Bothwell
- Florence Eldridge as Elizabeth Tudor
- Douglas Walton as Darnley
- John Carradine as Rizzio
- Robert Barrat as Morton
- Gavin Muir as Leicester
- Ian Keith as Moray
- Moroni Olsen as John Knox. Olsen was the only member of the film's cast to repeat his original stage role.
- William Stack as Ruthven
- Ralph Forbes as Randolph
- Alan Mowbray as Throckmorton
- Frieda Inescort as Mary Beaton
- Donald Crisp as Huntly
- David Torrence as Lindsay
- Molly Lamont as Mary Livingstone
- Anita Colby as Mary Fleming
- Jean Fenwick as Mary Seton
- Lionel Pape as Burghley
- Alec Craig as Donal
- Mary Gordon as Nurse
- Monte Blue as Messenger
- Leonard Mudie as Maitland
- Brandon Hurst as Airan
- Wilfred Lucas as Lexington
- D'Arcy Corrigan as Kirkcaldy
- Frank Baker as Douglas
- Cyril McLaglen as Faudoncide
- Doris Lloyd as Fisherman's Wife
- Robert Warwick as Sir Francis Knollys
- Murray Kinnell as a Judge
- Lawrence Grant as a Judge
- Ivan F. Simpson as a Judge
- Nigel De Brulier as a Judge
- Barlowe Borland as a Judge
- Walter Byron as Walsingham
- Wyndham Standing as a Sergeant-at-Arms
- Earle Foxe as the Earl of Kent
- Paul McAllister as du Croche
- Lionel Belmore as a Fisherman
- Gaston Glass as the Frenchman
- Neil Fitzgerald as the Nobleman
The film does not keep close to the historical truth, portraying Mary as something of a wronged martyr and her third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell (played by Fredric March), as a romantic hero.
The film is highly regarded by a few critics today, but in its time was a box office flop, making a loss of $165,000. This was Katharine Hepburn's second flop in a row causing her to being labeled "box office poison" in the late 1930s, leading to (after a two-year screen absence) her move to MGM for her comeback in The Philadelphia Story.
- Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p. 57.
- Variety film review; August 5, 1936, p. 16.
- Harrison's Reports film review; July 25, 1936, p. 119.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mary of Scotland (film).|
- Mary of Scotland at the Internet Movie Database
- Mary of Scotland at AllMovie
- Mary of Scotland at the TCM Movie Database
- Mary of Scotland at Virtual History
- radio adaptation of original play done for Theatre Guild on the Air in 1946 at Internet Archive