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The Taming of the Shrew (1929)

In sixteenth century Padua, Hortensio loves Bianca, the youngest daughter of Baptista. But Baptista will not allow the two to get married until his eldest daughter, the extremely headstrong... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Taylor

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Sam Taylor (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Katherine
Douglas Fairbanks ... Petruchio
Edwin Maxwell ... Baptista
Joseph Cawthorn ... Gremio
Clyde Cook ... Grumio
Geoffrey Wardwell Geoffrey Wardwell ... Hortensio
Dorothy Jordan ... Bianca
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In sixteenth century Padua, Hortensio loves Bianca, the youngest daughter of Baptista. But Baptista will not allow the two to get married until his eldest daughter, the extremely headstrong Katherine, is betrothed. This task seems impossible because of Katherine's shrewish demeanor. They believe their prayers have been answered with the arrival from Verona of the lusty Petruchio, whose father has just passed, leaving him to travel the world and marry. Having not yet met her, Petruchio agrees to court Katherine when he is told of her beauty and wit. Petruchio is even more excited at the prospect of marrying this wildcat of a woman after meeting her. Katherine will have none of it, even if it means her sister's spinsterhood, but has no choice but to marry him. Beyond the fact of the marriage itself, Katherine is even more irked by Petruchio's less than conventional behavior at the ceremony and post ceremony bridal feast. Each starts to play what they consider sly games of oneupsmanship ... Written by Huggo

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The King and Queen of Moviedom in their first co-starring picture- and what a vehicle.. an adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal comedy! You'll laugh as you've never laughed before! Swaggering, swashbuckling, a fearless lover faces the fiercest of females and emerges her lord and master... after a fashion! (Print Ad-Providence News, ((Providence R.I.)) 5 November 1929) See more »

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The film premiered only days before the great Wall Street stock market crash of 1929. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Petruchio: Ha, ha, ha! There's a Wife. Come on, and kiss me, Kate!... Drink!
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Alternate Versions

After many years out of circulation, the film was re-released in 1966 in a new cut supervised by Mary Pickford herself. New sound effects were added throughout, much of the voice dubbing was enhanced with newly available technology, and seven minutes were cut from the initial print. This re-released version is the only version now available on DVD or VHS. See more »

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The earliest sound film of Shakespeare's comedy
22 November 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Mary Pickford's corporation produced this early talking version of "Taming of the Shrew." So, naturally, Pickford played the female lead. And, naturally, her film business partner, Douglas Fairbanks, has the male lead. Pickford later bemoaned her performance in this film. It isn't that bad, but it's quite different from the type of roles she was used to playing in her mostly silent film career.

Besides being one of the very first sound films, this version of the Shrew is more harsh than the original. Apparently, it is similar to the performance that the renowned British actor, David Garrick, staged. On film, it appears quite raw in places. The scene of Katherine traveling in the heavy storm, trudging through mud and soaked to the bone, is more in line with heavy drama than the comedy of most productions. And, the scenes inside Petruchio's castle, with his servants, the dinner and more - all are very raw.

But, this is still Shakespeare, and the comedy rises to the top like cream as the shrew gradually becomes tame. This isn't as much fun or with near the laughs of a more direct production or adaptation of Shakespeare's work. But it will do for an early look at a sound production.

One of the best on film is the 1967 movie that stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1929 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$504,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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