Mary of Scotland 1936

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Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to rule as queen, to the chagrin of Elizabeth I of England. There is much fuss over Mary's choice of husband -Lord Darnley over the unpopular Earl of Bothwell. After a palace coup she's put under house arrest.

Starring:
Katharine Hepburn,Fredric March
Runtime:
2 hours, 3 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Historical
Director John Ford
Starring Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March
Supporting actors Florence Eldridge, Douglas Walton, John Carradine
Studio Echelon
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Although typed in the popular imagination as a Western director, most of John Ford's films were in other genres, with the director having a particular interest in historical subjects he rarely got the chance to turn into films. His choice of reading while shooting The Searchers was Gibbons' The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire while he spent many of his last twenty years trying to find backing for a film of Arthur Conan Doyle's saga of Medieval mercenaries The White Company. One of the reasons studios were so wary of letting him follow his instincts was Mary of Scotland, a big-budget failure from 1936 that even his greatest admirers have little good to say about and historians even less. Yet his film of Maxwell Anderson's highly romanticised take on the troubled reign and tragic end of Mary, Queen of Scots isn't that bad. True, it bears only a vaguely passing resemblance to history, it's melodramatic in the extreme and parts of the script and some of the performances are terrible (try keeping a straight face whenever Douglas Walton's camp-as-a-row-of-tents Lord Darnley appears while casting towering John Carradine as `Wee' David Riccio seems sheer perversity) and Donald Crisp sounds like the only real Scot in it, yet if it's more hokum than history, it's rather enjoyable hokum. The best of the film is its last half hour once Katherine Hepburn's Mary is in captivity and Frederic March's Bothwell is going mad in a Danish asylum: the writing improves immeasurably (especially in a confrontation between Mary and Elizabeth that plays less as a power struggle and more as one between the importance of power and love) and Ford's direction becomes quite artful, be it the fading light as Mary realises her refuge is in fact a prison cell, the trial scene with judges sitting literally on high above her or the strikingly shot execution scene as she ascends the scaffold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nan bullen on 7 Dec. 2013
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I am not at all surprised that during the making of this film Katherine Hepburn was having problems at the box office.I was looking forward to this film and was very disappointed to find KH overloud, over dramatic and acting totally over the top.................wardrobe was nice though.!I was also surprised as I have been a fan of hers for yonks and didn't think she could make films like this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miles Anthony on 9 Aug. 2014
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A perambulating waxworks melodrama with the cast alternately arranged in tableau or rushing about the sets. It all looks
grand in an operatic way: vaulting interiors, theatrical shadows and dramatically lit fade-outs. Kate,as Mary, suffers stoically (with too many tear-filled close-ups) portrayed as victim and martyr. Predictably, Elizabeth is a conniving
fox, played by Florence Eldridge in a brash, flouncing manner : shamelessly aped by Bette Davis in a later film!
A handsome production can't detract from the over-emphatic performances and studio-bound atmosphere. Picture
quality and sound is satisfactory, considering its age.(PAL Universal Cinema Classics DVD)
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I am a Elizabethan and Tudor history fanatic and, of course, I did not expect this film to be anywhere near as accurate as those made today, but Katharine Hepburn as Mary Queen of Scots - totally mis-cast! Have satisfied my curiosity in watching it, but it will go back on Amazon now for selling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hall on 22 April 2015
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Did not mean to buy only rent won't be watching it again
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Very dated, very over the top (and terrible) scots accents, could not watch it all the way through, but it was delivered promptly in very good condition so I would definately use the seller again no problem.
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A resonable representation of the facts If you want to see action without being cluttered by loud music and a cast of thousands then this is for you.You see actors actually acting
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