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The Taming of the Shrew

Released Oct 26, 1929 1h 3m Comedy List
Reviews 44% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Shakespeare's wily Petruchio (Douglas Fairbanks) trades slaps with his wife, Katherine (Mary Pickford). Read More Read Less

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Roger Moore Movie Nation It remains an engaging artifact of the way this venerable comedy used to be performed, and one of the most watchable “birth of sound” era comedies, one that gives the lie to some of the constraints filmmakers faced when the movies learned to talk. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 21, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Not one of my favorite shows but Pickford makes it worth the watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/07/23 Full Review Audience Member (30%) This movie is hilariously stupid. The love arc is so abrupt and violently uncalled for I was laughing, I was also laughing at the jokes because some of the physical comedy and performances are really fun. Unfortunately I wasn't laughing at the rest of the movie, because I was too busy being horrified by the sexist morals of this movie, the part where its okay to whip your wife and get no repercussions or learn any weapons. Maybe I'm missing something but I have never been so thoroughly confused by a film in my life. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review jordan m I expected a lot worse when the only other 1929 movie I'd seen was Fairbanks' very bad Iron Mask movie. The transition to talkies was a shaky one and a lot of the best parts of silent movies were discarded in an effort to show off the sound, but in this case they really didn't do bad at all; a lot of the holes in their production/entertainment values are patched by this being a comedy as there were a few chuckle-worthy moments. I particularly liked Pickford smashing the music teacher with the guitar thing and thought they did an excellent job keeping the movie-killing Shakespearean diction to a minimum. Fairbanks's constant laughing did get a bit overbearing and the movie lacked any of the athletic feats he was known for in the 20s, but that's fine when it's a 63-minute movie! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review kevin w Did she know she would be forgotten? She holds her own and then some against Douglas Fairbanks in this first screen adaptation of Shakespeare's great couple comedy, even commanding enough sway to change the scales a little her way by the end. For 30 years Mary Pickford was the 1st lady of Hollywood cinema, but unfortunately, those were the years that silent films were the only ticket around. Nowadays if you Google the greatest film actresses of all time (and I did) her name does not even come up. This 1929 production, the early days of sound, show her competent enough indeed. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member see pick fair fall apart b4 our eyes Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I love the Taming of the Shrew story, it's so hilarious, and this movie was really good, the sixties one is good too. This one has Fairbanks and Pickford as the main characters, and they were good together, but I had a hard time believing that Pickford was so mean, she always seems nice to me. Other than that, the movie is really funny, and I enjoyed it. Plus it's a talkie! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Shakespeare's wily Petruchio (Douglas Fairbanks) trades slaps with his wife, Katherine (Mary Pickford).
Sam Taylor
United Artists
Production Co
Elton Corporation, Pickford Corporation
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 26, 1929, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 4, 2017
1h 3m
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