Mary of Scotland

Mary of Scotland

John Ford (1936)

U Certificate


Our Score
Despite sterling work by Katharine Hepburn in the title role, a part she obviously empathised with, and moody, shadowy photography by the great Joseph H August, director John Ford fails to make this screen version of the Maxwell Anderson play very cinematic, and the end result is rather dull and boring. Fredric March (as the Earl of Bothwell) and Mrs Fredric March, Florence Eldridge (as Queen Elizabeth I), are too contemporary and therefore feel miscast, though John Carradine and Donald Crisp - the only member of the cast with a genuine Scottish accent - seem quite at home at court.


John Ford's historical drama chronicling the turbulent reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, focusing on her power struggle with Queen Elizabeth I which resulted in a sentencing to death for treason after Mary refused to renounce her claims to the British throne. Katharine Hepburn stars in the title role, with Fredric March, Florence Eldridge and John Carradine.

Cast & Crew

Mary Stuart Katharine Hepburn
Bothwell Fredric March
Elizabeth Tudor Florence Eldridge
Darnley Douglas Walton
Rizzio John Carradine
Morton Robert Barrat
Leicester Gavin Muir
Moray Ian Keith
John Knox Moroni Olsen
Ruthven William Stack
Randolph Ralph Forbes
Throckmorton Alan Mowbray
Huntley Donald Crisp
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD