Mary of Scotland Overview:

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


Hepburn plays Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scotland who refuses to renounce her claim to the throne of England, supported by March as Bothwell, her adviser and lover. One of director Ford's few costume dramas (based on a play by Maxwell Anderson), this concentrates on a complicated intrigue and deceit rather than on the romantic melodrama. While the story is familiar and has been told a number of times, Ford's direction, shadowy cinematography, and impressive art direction all make this memorable. Hepburn, by the way, is descended from the Bothwell family. Mary was later played by Vanessa Redgrave and Kathy Burke, among others.

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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

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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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Quotes from

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

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

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.

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Facts about

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 Katharine Hepburn's autobiography "Me", director John Ford lost interest in the film when he discovered that the plot was not particularly strong. She recalls one day Ford announced that he was leaving early and would allow Hepburn to direct a scene with Fredric March. Hepburn feared that March would not listen to direction from her, but when he acquiesced she directed her first and only scene.
Katharine Hepburn, who played Queen Mary, is actually a distant relative of the Earl Of Bothwell, whose family name was, in fact, Hepburn.
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