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The Taming of the Shrew

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • UPC: 018619116012
  • Original Release: 1929
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  • Source: Telavista
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,499

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
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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Taming of the Shrew
1. Opening Sequence [1:14]
2. Two Daughters [4:36]
3. Katherine the Shrew [6:34]
4. Petruchio Woos Katherine [13:12]
5. Wedding Day [5:11]
6. Down the Aisle [5:03]
7. She Is My Anything [4:42]
8. Arriving Home [5:03]
9. Dinner [5:45]
10. How to Tame a Shrew [4:02]
11. The Sun and Moon [7:16]
12. Kiss Me, Kate! [2:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Taming of the Shrew
   Play
   Chapters
   Bios-Filmographies
      Douglas Fairbanks
      Mary Pickford
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