~The Taming of the Shrew~
1929
Directed by: Sam Taylor

Written by:
Sam Taylor - adaptation

Based on the play by William Shakespeare.
~Cast~

Mary Pickford ... Katherine
Douglas Fairbanks ... Petruchio
Edwin Maxwell ... Baptista
Joseph Cawthorn ... Gremio
Clyde Cook ... Grumio
Geoffrey Wardwell ... Hortensio
Dorothy Jordan ... Bianca
Frankie Genardi
Charles Stevens ... Servants
~Remaining Credits~

Production Companies:
Elton Corporation
Pickford Corporation

Distribution Company: United Artists

Produced by: Mary Pickford
Music by: Hugo Riesenfeld
Cinematography by: Karl Struss
Film Editing by: Allen McNeil
Art Direction by: Laurence Irving & William Cameron Menzies
Costume Design by:
Mitchell Leisen
Assistant Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Sound: Charles David Forrest
Still Photographers: Nickolas Muray, K.O. Rahmn & Charles E. Lynch
Grip: Ted Mapes
Costume Jeweller: Eugene Joseff
Production Assistants: Earle Browne, John Craig, H. Bruce Humberstone & Walter Mayo
Voice Coach: Constance Collier

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 63 Minutes
Released: November 30, 1929

Filmed at:
Iverson Ranch - 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Lot - 1041 N. Formosa Avenue, West Hollywood, California, USA
~Plot Synopsis~
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.

Plot Synopsis by Paul Brennan, AllMovie.com