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Mary of Scotland (1936) was a Black-and-white - Drama Film directed by John Ford and Leslie Goodwins and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

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By Crystal Kalyana on Aug 1, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

KATHARINE HEPBURN MONTH MARY OF SCOTLAND ( 1936 ) Katharine Hepburn month is now here, and as a bonus, I’m kicking things off. For my nine essays, I’ve decided to take a glimpse into Katharine Hepburn’s career as a dramatic actress by focusing on her roles that really showcased her... Read full article

Mary of Scotland (John Ford, 1936)

By Judy on May 9, 2015 From Movie Classics

This is my contribution to the Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon, organised by Margaret Perry. Please do visit and take a look at the other posts! Katharine Hepburn in one of the amazing costumes created by Walter Plunkett On paper, it ought to have been?so good. A great director, John Ford, a great... Read full article

Mary of Scotland (1936)

on Sep 17, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

It’s always a bad idea for me to watch a Tudor drama. ?My rampant love and overabundance of knowledge has the tendency to color my perspective of any Hollywood attempt to cash in on the story of Henry the VIII and his descendants (or acquaintances, or really anyone who strolled through the tim... Read full article

Joan Crawford in “Mary of Scotland” on OTR

By Aurora on Jan 3, 2014 From How Sweet It Was

Greetings from Hollywood, Ladies And Gentleman…… Lux Radio Theater presents… “Mary Of Scotland” Starring: Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone and Judith Anderson Original Air Date: May 10, 1937 Episode Number: 132 This is fantastic! ?Enjoy. Related... Read full article

Mary of Scotland (1936)

By Beatrice on Sep 4, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Mary of Scotland Directed by John Ford and Leslie Godwins (uncredited) Written by Dudley Nichols from the play by Maxwell Anderson 1936/USA RKO Radio Pictures First viewing For some reason I just couldn’t get into this film despite its fine production values. Katharine Hepburn plays Mary, he... Read full article

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Bothwell: Someday you'll meet a man who won't take no for an answer.
Mary Beaton: And...?
Bothwell: And I'll be the godfather.

Bothwell: [to Mary] You're the Queen of Scotland, and you've let the woman in you take your senses!

Bothwell: Dark or bright, I'll always follow your star, Mary.

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John Ford lost interest in this film early on. He didn't think the story was very strong, and didn't like the blank verse dialog. The film did not do well at the box office and Ford seldom mentioned it in conversation. Later, during filming of Stagecoach, Ford harassed several actors, notably John Wayne, about their performances. As he began with Thomas Mitchell, who played Doc Boone, Mitchell reportedly said, "Just remember, I saw 'Mary of Scotland'". Ford left him alone for the remainder of the shoot.
According to Katharine Hepburn, during the filming of Mary and Bothwell's love scene, John Ford, rather fed up with the idea of directing a romantic costume drama written in blank verse, simply said to Hepburn, "Here; you direct this scene." And she did.
According to Hepburn biographer Alvin H. Marill, the actress turned down an offer from Max Reinhardt to play Viola in "Twelfth Night" at the Hollywood Bowl in order to meet her obligation for "Mary of Scotland".
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