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Writers:
Dudley Nichols (screen play)
Maxwell Anderson (from the play by)
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Release Date:
28 August 1936 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
One of the greatest love stories of all time... brought to the screen in throbbing glory by a wonderful cast of stars! See more »
Plot:
The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Majestic Hepburn Takes The Throne See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Mary Stuart

Fredric March ... Bothwell
Florence Eldridge ... Elizabeth Tudor
Douglas Walton ... Darnley

John Carradine ... Rizzio
Robert Barrat ... Morton
Gavin Muir ... Leicester
Ian Keith ... Moray
Moroni Olsen ... John Knox
William Stack ... Ruthven
Ralph Forbes ... Randolph

Alan Mowbray ... Throckmorton
Frieda Inescort ... Mary Beaton

Donald Crisp ... Huntly
David Torrence ... Lindsay

Molly Lamont ... Mary Livingstone
Anita Colby ... Mary Fleming
Jean Fenwick ... Mary Seton
Lionel Pape ... Burghley
Alec Craig ... Donal
Mary Gordon ... Nurse
Monte Blue ... Messenger
Leonard Mudie ... Maitland
Brandon Hurst ... Airan
Wilfred Lucas ... Lexington
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Kirkcaldy
Frank Baker ... Douglas
Cyril McLaglen ... Faudoncide
Doris Lloyd ... Fisherman's Wife
Robert Warwick ... Sir Francis Knollys
Murray Kinnell ... Judge
Lawrence Grant ... Judge
Ivan F. Simpson ... Judge (as Ivan Simpson)
Nigel De Brulier ... Judge (as Nigel de Brulier)
Barlowe Borland ... Judge
Walter Byron ... Walsingham
Wyndham Standing ... Sergeant-at-Arms
Earle Foxe ... Earl of Kent
Paul McAllister ... du Croche
Lionel Belmore ... Fisherman
Gaston Glass ... Frenchman
Neil Fitzgerald ... Nobleman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Anthony ... Man (uncredited)
John Blood ... Man (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... (uncredited)
Tommy Bupp ... Boy in Boat (uncredited)
David Clyde ... (uncredited)
Hallam Cooley ... (uncredited)
Harvey D'Roulle Foster ... Man (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Man (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ... (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... (uncredited)
Douglas Gerrard ... (uncredited)
Hilda Grenier ... Woman (uncredited)
Winter Hall ... (uncredited)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Man (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Jailer (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Soldier (uncredited)
Maxine Jennings ... Woman (uncredited)
Jean Kircher ... Prince James (uncredited)
Judith Kircher ... Prince James (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Man (uncredited)
G.L. McDonnell ... Man (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Queen Elizabeth's Majordomo (uncredited)
John Pickard ... Soldier Dueling Bothwell (uncredited)
Father Raemers ... Man (uncredited)
Robert Ryan ... (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ... (uncredited)
Wingate Smith ... (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Mary's Majordomo (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... One of Queen Mary's Guards (uncredited)
John Tyke ... Man (uncredited)
Billy Watson ... Fisherman's Son (uncredited)
Bobs Watson ... Fisherman's Son (uncredited)
Niles Welch ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Leslie Goodwins (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screen play)

Maxwell Anderson (from the play by)

Mortimer Offner  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nathaniel Shilkret 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photographed by)
Jack MacKenzie (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louise Sloane .... hair stylist: Ms. Hepburn (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bert Gilroy .... unit manager (uncredited)
Louis Shapiro .... unit manager (uncredited)
Charles Stallings .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Donahue .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
Darrell Silvera .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
Denzil A. Cutler .... sound recordist (uncredited)
George Marsh .... sound edit (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (as Vernon Walker)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louie Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jane Loring .... editorial associate
Robert Parrish .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Nathaniel Shilkret .... musical director (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Bond .... stand-in: Fredric March (uncredited)
Patricia Doyle .... stand-in: Katharine Hepburn (uncredited)
Idalyn Dupre .... stand-in: Frieda Inescort (uncredited)
Georgia French .... stand-in (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)
Meta Stern .... script clerk (uncredited)
Bill Worth .... stand-in: John Carradine (uncredited)
 
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123 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System) (as R C A Victor System)
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Trivia:
The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 27 November 1933 and had 248 performances. The title role was played by Helen Hayes and the cast also included Moroni Olsen, who repeated his role as John Knox in the 1936 film version, Edgar Barrier (Lord Douglas), Ernest Cossart (Lord Throgmorton) and George Coulouris (Lord Burghley). The play was written in blank verse.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Rizzio is stabbed, no blood is visible on the dagger, on him, or on the bed linens.See more »
Quotes:
Bothwell:Dark or bright, I'll always follow your star, Mary.See more »
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Is it true that Katharine Hepburn directed a scene in this film?
Is this film historically accurate?
Who was ruling Scotland while Mary was off being Queen of France?
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Majestic Hepburn Takes The Throne, 16 June 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

MARY OF SCOTLAND, caught up in intrigues over which she has no control, finds herself at the mercy of powerful forces that wish her ill.

John Ford crafted this meticulous, thoughtful study into the life of the Scottish Queen and the trials & tribulations which buffeted her. With a complicated plot and a very large cast, the film presupposes a certain amount of intelligence on the part of its viewers, as well as an interest in the history of Great Britain. The film is not easy to watch - this is, after all, an historical drama, not a musical comedy - but the viewer's attention should be paid off in the end. Very fine production values also help greatly in the movie's appreciation.

Katharine Hepburn is luminous & regal in the title role. Continuing in the tradition of formidable actresses of the 1930's who played queens on the screen (Colbert, Garbo, Dietrich, Shearer, Robson, Davis) Hepburn gives a strong portrayal of the stubborn, independently minded Scottish monarch. Kate makes the viewer at once feel an engaging interest in this poor lady, so beset by ‘the slings & arrows of outrageous fortune.' Wisely not speaking in a brogue - the real Mary probably didn't either - Hepburn uses her remarkable face & voice to make this long-dead historical figure come alive.

As the Earl of Bothwell, Mary's 3rd husband, Fredric March provides a sturdy hero worth cheering. Here is a man willing to confront any danger for the sake of the woman he loves. If the real Bothwell was perhaps not quite so noble, no matter. March breathes vibrant, pulsing life into the character and embodies him with real strengths & virtues.

A large & exceptional cast give fine support to the principals. Some deserve special mention:

John Carradine as Mary's tragic Italian secretary, Rizzio; Douglas Walton as Lord Darnley, Mary's repugnant 2nd husband; Ian Keith as her unscrupulous half-brother, the Lord Moray. Florence Eldridge stands out in her portrayal of the conflicted Queen Elizabeth.

Moroni Olsen as a fiery John Knox; Donald Crisp as a loyal old laird; Ralph Forbes & Alan Mowbray as Elizabeth's ambassadors; and dear old Mary Gordon as a baby nurse - all have their brief moments to shine.

Lionel Belmore & Doris Lloyd (with an unbilled Bobs Watson as their son) play poor fisher folk who give Mary much needed succor. Ivan Simpson & Nigel de Brulier play two of the wicked English judges who condemn Mary to death.

But it is Hepburn the viewer remembers longest. Her shining eyes & majestic mien remain in the mind for a very long time

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The circumstances surrounding the murder of David Rizzio are so well documented that it is somewhat surprising that Ford did not stick more scrupulously to the facts. Darnley and his fellow conspirators entered the Queen's apartments via a private, narrow staircase, hidden in the wall, which communicated directly with Mary's rooms. There is no indication that her bodyguard troops were slain as well, as the film depicts.

The script is at pains to keep the Earl of Bothwell a noble hero and uninvolved in Darnley's murder. However, there's little doubt of Bothwell's guilt in the affair. Darnley was not killed outright by the massive explosion - rather he was found, terribly hurt but still alive, lying in a nearby field. He was quickly strangled.

The movie does not make clear that it was in Denmark where Bothwell died in prison in 1578. Mary had divorced him in 1570.

Unlike the relatively short time depicted in the film, Mary was actually a captive of Elizabeth for 19 years, outliving Bothwell by nine years. Elizabeth & Mary never met - it makes good film drama, but it didn't happen.

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