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Pamela Thistlewaite
Thomas Lane
Flora Thistlewaite
Judge Thistlewaite
Young Flora
Betty Bumble
Aunt Serena
Young Girl
Mr. White
Lady Gaythorne
Lady Rinlake
Signor Grassi
Signora Grassi
Italian Boy
Italian Bit
Flora, Age 10
Flora, Age 5
Flora, As Infant


Screenplay by

Based on the novel
Portrait of a Rebel by
Director of Photography
Art Direction by
Associate Art Director
Set Decorator
Film Editing by
Sound Recordist
Musical Score
Music Recorded by
Musical Director
Costume Design by
Ballroom Dances by
Makeup Artist
Assistant Director

Katharine Hepburn
Herbert Marshall
Elizabeth Allan
Donald Crisp
Doris Dudley
David Manners
Lucile Watson
Van Heflin
Eily Malyon
Margaret Seddon
Molly Lamont
Lionel Pape
Constance Lupino
Lillian Kemble-Cooper
Nick Thompson
Inez Palange
Tony Romero
Joe Mack
Marilyn Knowleden
Bonnie June McNamara
Marilyn French


Mark Sandrich
Pandro S. Berman
Anthony Veiller,
Ernst Vajda

Netta Syrett
Robert De Grasse
Van Nest Polglase
Perry Ferguson
Darrell Silvera
Jane Loring
George D. Ellis
Roy Webb
Clem Portman
Maurice De Packh
Nathaniel Shilkret
Walter Plunkett
Hermes Pan
Mel Burns
Dewey Starkey


Film data

RKO Radio Pictures
88 minutes
Produced: June 30-August 27, 1936

Premiere: October 29, 1936


This is a story of a woman's struggle for emancipation during the Victorian period. Pamela Thislewaite fights against the strict conventions of the 1870s, a defiance which doesn't prove to be an easy or popular task. However, as a true rebel, she defies her autocratic father, Judge Thistlewaite; has an affair with Gerald, an amorous young man who leaves her with a child born out of wedlock; and refuses to marry Thomas Lane, a faithful suitor.

Critics' reviews

Time - 1936
"Marked by none of the vitality of its predecessors in Katharine Hepburn's Victorian series, A Woman Rebels is saved from complete mediocrity by her well-modulated performance and by the admirable feeling for background and atmosphere implicit in Mark Sandrich's direction."

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