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Working Title: Mary, Queen of Scotland

Cast

Mary Stuart
Earl of Bothwell
Elizabeth Tudor
Darnley
David Rizzio
Morton
Leicester
James Stuart Moray
John Knox
Ruthven
Randolph
Throckmorton
Mary Beaton
Huntley
Lindsay
Mary Livington
Mary Fleming
Mary Seton
Burghley
Donal
Nurse
Messenger
Maitland
Arian
Lexinton
Kirkcaldy
Douglas
Faudoncide
English Fisherman
His Wife
His Son
Sir Francis Knellys
Judges




Sir Francis Walsingham
Sergeant
Duke of Kent
Du Croche
Chatelard
Nobleman
Prince James



Credits

Director
Producer
Screenplay by
Based on the play by
Director of Photography
Art Direction by
Associate Art Director
Set Decorator
Film Editing by
Assistant Film Editor
Sound Recordist
Musical Score
Orchestra
Costume Design by
Makeup Artist
Miss Hepburn's Hair Stylist
Assistant Director
Special Photographic Effects
Name

Katharine Hepburn
Fredric March
Florence Eldridge
Douglas Walton
John Carradine
Robert Barrat
Gavin Muir
Ian Keith
Moroni Olson
William Stack
Ralph Forbes
Alan Mowray
Frieda Inescort
Donald Crisp
Davis Torrence
Molly Lamont
Anita Colby
Jean Fenwick
Leionel Pape
Alec Craig
Mary Gordon
Monte Blue
Leonard Mudie
Brandon Hurst
Wilfred Lucas
D'Arcy Corrigan
Frank Baker
Cyril McLaglen
Lionel Belmore
Doris Lloyd
Bobby Watson
Robert Warwick
Ian Simpson,
Murray Kinnell,
Lawrence Grant,
Nigel De Bruilier,
Barlowe Borland
Walter Byron
Wyndlam Standing
Earle Foxe
Paul McAllister
Gaston Glass
Neil Fitzgerald
Jean Kircher,
Judith Kircher


Name

John Ford
Pandro S. Berman
Dudley Nichols
Maxwell Anderson
Joseph H. August
Van Nest Polglase
Carroll Clark
Darrell Silvera
Jane Loring
Robert Parrish
Hugh McDowell Jr.
Nathaniel Shilkret
Maurice De Packh
Walter Plunkett
Louise Sloan
Mel Burns
Veron L. Walter
Edward Donahue


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Film data

RKO Radio Pictures
123 minutes
Reels: 14
Produced: February 25-April 23, 1936

Premiere: July 28, 1936


Synopsis

Mary Stuart's return to Scotland from France, in 1561, sparks Elizabeth Tudor's fear of a Stuart claim to her throne. There is much ado over whom Mary shall marry; to her later regret, she picks effete Lord Darnley over the strong but unpopular Earl of Bothwell. A palace coup leads to civil war and house arrest for Mary; she escapes and flees to England, where a worse fate awaits her.


Critics' reviews

Frank S. Nugent - The New York Times - 1936
"Although Katharine Hepburn's Mary Stuart shines brilliantly through most of the films two-hours course, we are conscious of definite defects in her characterization. She may be a courageous Mary, perhaps a valiant one, but scarcely a fighter who gives no quarter and asks none."

Tom Milne - Time Out
"A better film than its reputation would suggest, marvellously shot by Joe August, and with Ford making striking use of the imposing RKO sets even while remaining strangled by the arty ambitions of Maxwell Anderson's play (which contrives to reduce history to a novelette chronicling the jealous rivalry that drove Elizabeth Tudor to destroy Mary Stuart). One electric sequence - a hellfire sermon delivered by Moroni Olsen as John Knox - shows the extent to which Ford remained uninvolved elsewhere by the polite conventions of historical costume drama, but the performance are fascinating in their careful, slightly stilted way, and it looks terrific."


What Kate had to say

Katharine Hepburn
"I liked working with Jack Ford very much; he and I were great friends. But he was as unsuited to that material as a director as I was unsuited to Mary of Scotland as an actress."


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