The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Mary Pickford
Director: Sam Taylor Cast: Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
, Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks
, Edwin Maxwell
Edwin Maxwell
Sam Taylor


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As the silent era drew to a close (along with their marriage), Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks made this early talkie, appearing in their first film together as William Shakespeare's rambunctious couple Katherine and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. In this pared down, slapstick version of Shakespeare's comedy, Petruchio rides into town facing backwards on a jackass, strumming a lyre, looking for his fair-haired, soon-to-be-wife Katherine. The two engage in a battle of the sexes, complete with verbal sparring and pratfalls, until Katherine is brought down to size and made to be subservient to her loutish husband. Although disputed in John C. Tibbetts' book His Majesty, the American, legend has it that Samuel Taylor, the film's director who also adapted the screenplay, had the writer's credit read "By William Shakespeare, with additional dialogue by Sam Taylor." The film was re-scored and re-edited (drastically shortening the film) in 1966.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827155729
Original Release: 1929
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 36,793

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Pickford Katherine
Douglas Fairbanks Petruchio
Edwin Maxwell Baptista
Joseph Cawthorn Gremio
Clyde Cook Grumio
Dorothy Jordan Bianca
Geoffrey Wardwell Hortensio
Charles Stevens Servant
Earle Browne Actor

Technical Credits
Sam Taylor Director,Screenwriter
David Forrest Sound/Sound Designer
Laurence Irving Art Director
Mitchell Leisen Costumes/Costume Designer
Allen McNeil Editor
William Cameron Menzies Art Director
Mary Pickford Producer
Karl Struss Cinematographer

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