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Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to rule as queen, to the chagrin of Elizabeth I of England who finds her a dangerous rival. There is much ado over whom Mary shall marry; to her later regret, she picks effete Lord Darnley over the strong but unpopular Earl of Bothwell. A palace coup leads to civil war and house arrest for Mary; she escapes and flees to England, where a worse fate awaits her. Written by
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Opening credits: "Like two fateful stars, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor appeared in the sixteenth century, to reign over two great nations in the making ... They were doomed to a life-and-death struggle for supremacy, a lurid struggle that still shines across the pages of history ... But today, after more than three centuries, they sleep side by side, at peace, in Westminster Abbey." See more »
Academic biography based on the tragic figure of the sixteenth century, Mary Quen of Scotland
This is a good costume-designing , historic-drama and Katherine Hepburn is well cast in the title role . She plays a tragic , romantic heroine that contends with various treacheries . Mary (1516-1558) inherited the throne of Scotland from Jacob V . She was next in line to the English kingdom , and married Francisco II , king of France , but he died early . Having been in France for thirteen years , Mary returned Scotland , and arrives from France with some misgivings . Then , Mary disembarks in Leith and goes to a castle near Edimburg , along with David Rizzio (a cadaverous John Carradine) , court musician and confidant . There , she's received by his brother , the Earl James Stuart , (Ian Keith) . Later on , Queen Mary married a foppish named Lord Darnley (Walton) . But Mary falls in love with Bothwell (a stylish Fredric March) , a kilted Earl and her supporter in her battle for power . Then , Rizzio was reputed to be the father of Mary's , the future James I of England . Darnley , with some underlings , murdered Rizzio in Mary's presence . But Darnley is killed by an explosion in his refuge , outskirts Edimburg , and the God-fearing Calvinists led by John Knox (Moroni Olsen who played same role in stage) accused to Bothwell as regicide . John Knox and the rebels Lords besiege Holyrood and the Borthwell's stronghold , Dumbar castle . The Calvinists forced her abdication , Mary escapes and asks for protection to Queen Elizabeth I (Florence Eldridge) , but Mary is double-crossed and is taken imprisoned in the Tower of London . Although supposedly Mary and Elizabeth never met face to face , the movie have them doing so and the screen crackle when both have their reunion , because they are strong rivals for power in Tudor dynasty , England . After that , Mary confronts her English accusers at court in a stylized trial . Finally , the film reflects splendidly when Mary goes to beheading block with all due pomp and circumstance .
The motion picture is finely performed by Katharine Hepburn, in spite of this she was in her ¨box-office poison¨ days , the last scenes , where Mary confronts trial is so well played and photographed in a stylized manner -with Mary on the floor and judges in a sort of balcony- by cameraman Joseph August . However , the picture is interminable and overlong and some moments is frankly boring . Writing credits with excessive speeches by Maxwell Anderson (his own playwright) and Dudley Nichols , a Ford's habitual screenwriter . The picture is lavishly produced by Pandro S. Berman , an usual costumer's producer and professionally directed by John Ford . Followed by a remake with the same title (1971) with Vanessa Redgrave as Mary and Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth and directed by Charles Jarrott .
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