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The Taming of the Shrew -- Together for the first and only time, the husband and wife team of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks tear up the screen in this charming early talkie adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew".


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William Shakespeare (play) and
Sam Taylor (adaptation)
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Release Date:
30 November 1929 (USA) See more »
All Talking! All Laughing!
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Directed by
Sam Taylor 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

Sam Taylor  adaptation

Produced by
Mary Pickford .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Riesenfeld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Karl Struss 
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil 
Art Direction by
Laurence Irving 
William Cameron Menzies 
Costume Design by
Mitchell Leisen (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Bruce Humberstone .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Nickolas Muray .... still photographer
K.O. Rahmn .... still photographer
Charles E. Lynch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Other crew
Earle Browne .... production assistant
Constance Collier .... voice coach
John Craig .... production assistant
H. Bruce Humberstone .... production assistant (as Lucky Humberstone)
Walter Mayo .... production assistant

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63 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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In her later years, Mary Pickford stated that working on the film was the worst experience of her life, although she also acknowledged that Douglas Fairbanks's performance was one of his best.See more »
[last lines]
Petruchio:Ha, ha, ha! There's a Wife. Come on, and kiss me, Kate!... Drink!
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Movie Connections:
Version of You Made Me Love You (1933)See more »


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Is this the first 'talkie' Shakespeare film adaptation?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
the original print has been shown, 13 May 2003
Author: tom.hamilton

Just as an additional; comment to one of the earlier reviews - Channel 4 in England did show the original 1929 version of this film in the late 1980's. The print was in excellent shape and the lack of music did not greatly harm the film. Unfortunately although I taped it at the time I've since erased it and the public domain copy I bought later is the 1966 re-dubbed and cut version - which is not as good.

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