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  1. Taming of the Shrew, The (1908 Film)

    Director
    D.W. Griffith

    Fiction film version of The Taming of the Shrew directed by D.W. Griffith with Florence Lawrence as Kate and Arthur Johnson as Petruchio. The film omits the Christopher Sly framing and much reduces the...

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  2. Mégère Approvoisée, La (1911 Film)

    aka: Taming of the Shrew, The

    Director
    Henri Desfontaines

    Fiction short. A version of The Taming of the Shrew.

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  3. Taming of the Shrew, The (1911 Film)

    Fiction film. A record of the F.R. Benson Company’s stage production of The Taming of the Shrew at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre.

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  4. Bisbetica Domata, La (1913 Film)

    aka: Taming of the Shrew, The

    Producer
    Arturo Ambrosio

    A version of The Taming of the Shrew which follows the principal action quite closely but eliminates the induction and the scenes with Bianca’s lovers.

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  5. Iron Strain, The (1915 Film)

    aka: Modern Taming of the Shrew, A

    Director
    Reginald Barker
    Producer
    Thomas H. Ince

    Feature film. Octavia is a rich society beauty living in New York. Her grandfather, a mining magnate, sends her to Alaska fearing that she is about to marry a foolish city boy. There she meets Chuck...

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  6. Taming of the Shrew, The (1915 Film)

    Experimental short film. The wooing scene from The Taming of the Shrew in which the actors spoke the complete text, a primitive sound process known as Voxograph. Ball (op cit) writes ‘When it was presented...

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  7. Impossible Catherine (1919 Film)

    Director
    John B. O’Brien

    Silent feature film. Catherine is the spirited, feminist daughter of a wealthy banker. She meets John Henry at a Yale University dinner and he, having read The Taming of the Shrew, resolves to tame her. He...

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  8. Enchantment (1921 Film)

    Director
    Robert G. Vignola

    Feature film comedy. Ethel Hoyt (Davies), the only child of wealthy parents, surrounds herself with six young college men and spends her time dancing and dining with them, causing her parents to become...

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  9. Var Engang, Der (1922 Film)

    aka: Var en Gång, Det Once Upon a Time

    Director
    Carl Theodor Dreyer

    Feature film based on a popular Danish nationalistic play from 1887, with a storyline that blends Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale "The Swineherd" with Shakespeare’s "The Taming of the Shrew". The...

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  10. Scenes from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ And ‘Hamlet’; Scenes from ‘Henry VIII and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (1923 Radio)

    Radio broadcast in which Mr Eastman, Mme. Thomas, and Mme M. Dawson perform scenes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Mr Eastman also performs scenes from Henry VIII and The Taming of the Shrew.

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  11. Taming of the Shrew, The (1923 Film)

    Series
    Gems of Literature
    Director
    Edwin J. Collins
    Producer
    Edward Godal

    Condensed version of The Taming of the Shrew concentrating on the wooing and winning of Katharina by Petruchio. Ball (op cit. p. 286) is underwhelmed by the film finding the camera stationary, the acting too...

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  12. Shakespeare Night [18/11/1924] (1924 Radio)

    Shakespeare-themed radio programme. Orchestral music, mainly by Mendelssohn, Germain and Sullivan, with old and modern settings of Shakespearean lyrics followed by passages from The Taming of the Shrew....

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  13. Shakespeare Night VIII: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ , ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (1924 Radio)

    Series
    Shakespeare Night

    Eight in a series of ‘literary nights’ showcasing Shakespeare’s plays on radio. The programme is conducted with critical commentary by Professor Cyril Brett. Performances are by members of the Cardiff...

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  14. Shakespeare, Scene and Story [17/04/1925] (1925 Radio)

    aka: Shakespeare in Story and Music

    Series
    Shakespeare, Scene and Story

    Radio broadcast. The actor duo William Macready and Edna Godfrey-Turner recite excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays: Henry VIII - Cardinal Wolsey’s Farewell As You Like It - The Seven Ages of Man Macbeth -...

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  15. Katherine (1926 Radio)

    Series
    Shakespeare’s Heroines

    Tenth in a series of short dramatic recitals in which well-known actresses perform extracts from Shakespeare’s plays. With Madge Titheradge as Katherine in extracts of The Taming of the Shrew II i, IV iii,...

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  16. Taming of the Shrew, The (1927 Radio)

    Producer
    Howard Rose

    Radio adaptation of the play by Dulcima Glasby. Abridged, arranged and produced by Howard Rose. With Barbara Couper as Kate and Ian Fleming as Petruchio. Reginald Denham narrates.

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  17. Taming of the Shrew, The (1929 Film)

    Director
    Sam Taylor

    Feature film version of the play and the first sound film to attempt a full version of a Shakespeare play. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks as Kate and Petruchio.

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  18. Framing of the Shrew, The (1929 Film)

    Director
    Arvid E. Gillstrom

    Fiction short. Privacy Robson, a weak man, takes advice from his friend Florian and decides to tame his feisty wife. He initiates divorce proceedings, pretends to have a girlfriend, and refuses to eat...

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  19. Taming of the Shrew, The (1929 Radio)

    Series
    Play to Schools

    Radio broadcast of Shakespeare’s play for schools. With Barbara Couper, Tyrone Guthrie and others. No further information known (12/2007).

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  20. Three Quarrel Scenes from Shakespeare (1929 )

    Three scenes from Shakespeare’s plays open a programme that also features Edwin Lewis’s ‘Sea Silence’. The Shakespearean scenes comprise: Richard III (I ii and iii) and The Taming of the Shrew (II...

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  21. Elstree Calling (1930 Film)

    aka: Hello Everybody

    Director
    Adrian Brunel
    Producer
    Walter C. Mycroft

    Feature film variety revue. A collection of party pieces by a host of British variety stars (Will Fyffe, Cicely Courtneidge, Jack Hulbert, Tommy Handley). Throughout there is a running gag with Donald...

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  22. Scenes from ‘Taming of the Shrew’ (1930 Radio)

    Series
    Dramatic Reading

    Schools radio broadcast. Dramatic reading of scenes from Shakespeare’s comedy. With Andrew Churchman and Barbara Couper.

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  23. Taming of the Shrew, The (1932 Radio)

    Producer
    Howard Rose

    Radio version of Shakespeare’s play, arranged in 13 scenes by Dulcima Glasby, produced by Howard Rose. With Barbara Couper as Kate and Francis James as Petruchio.

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  24. You Made Me Love You (1933 Film)

    Director
    Monty Banks

    Musical comedy updating The Taming of the Shrew. Pamela Beren (Thelma Todd) is beautiful and spoilt, ferocious and shrewish, her fiery nature causing fear in her father, brother and the servants. Tom Daly, a...

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  25. Readings from Shakespeare - 5, The Taming of the Shrew (1934 Radio)

    Series
    English Literature
    Producer
    Barbara Burnham

    Radio schools broadcast. Dramatic readings from Shakespeare’s play with a short introduction to scenes used as the basis of an English literature lesson for 11-14 year old schoolchildren.

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  26. Taming of the Shrew, The (1935 Radio)

    Producer
    Peter Creswell

    Godfrey Tearle and Mary Hinton perform as Petruccio and Kate in this radio version of the play adapted for radio and produced by Peter Creswell. With incidental music played by the BBC Variety Orchestra...

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  27. Taming of the Shrew, The (1937 Radio)

    Series
    Streamlined Shakespeare
    Director
    Forrest Barnes
    Producer
    John Barrymore

    An NBC radio recording of The Taming of the Shrew with John Barrymore as Petruchio.

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  28. Taming of the Shrew, The (1937 Radio)

    Series
    Columbia Shakespeare Cycle
    Producer
    Brewster Morgan

    Radio adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew by Gilbert Seldes who also narrates. Edward G. Robinson is Petruchio and Frieda Inescort is Katherina.

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  29. Mundesley Sanatorium, The (1937 Film)

    Director
    Dr. Day

    A film made by Dr Day depicting aspects of the Mundesley Sanatorium in Norfolk. A brief scene shows an open-air performance of The Taming of the Shrew watched by the patients.

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  30. Second Best Bed (1938 Film)

    Director
    Tom Walls
    Producer
    Max Schach

    Feature film comedy. Victor Garnett (Walls) a rich bachelor marries wealthy, spoilt and shrewish Patricia Lynton (Jane Baxter) whereupon he tries to mould her into his ideal woman. Enraged by Victor’s...

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  31. Thanks to Mr. Shakespeare (1938 Radio)

    Series
    First Nighter Program, The
    Director
    Joe Ainley

    Radio comedy anthology series. This episode is about a bridegroom who makes the mistake of using The Taming of the Shrew as a guidebook for a happy marriage.

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  32. Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (1938 Film)

    Director
    Ernst Lubitsch
    Producer
    Ernst Lubitsch

    Romantic comedy feature film. Michael Brandon (Cooper) is a millionaire who enjoys getting married but has difficulty staying married: he’s had seven wives and is looking for number eight. He thinks he may...

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  33. Katharine and Petruchio (1939 Television)

    aka: Catherine and Petruchio

    Director
    Dallas Bower
    Producer
    Dallas Bower

    Televised version of the play as adapted by David Garrick in 1758. In contrast to the original, Garrick’s play has no Induction and merely a simplified subplot. Focusing on the Katherine-Petruchio story,...

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  34. Taming of the Shrew, The (1939 Radio)

    Radio broadcast of The Taming of the Shrew adapted from Angus Bowmer’s stage production. In 1939, OSF took the production to the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco, California and the broadcast arises...

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  35. Taming of the Shrew, The (1940 Radio)

    Series
    Columbia Workshop
    Director
    Phil Cohen (2)

    Radio broadcast. A musical version of The Taming of the Shrew written especially for Columbia Workshop. Few of Shakespeare’s lines survive in the modern dialogue. Carleton Young and Nan Sunderland play...

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  36. Taming of the Shrew, The (1941 Radio)

    Series
    Great Plays
    Director
    Charles Warburton

    Radio broadcast of The Taming of the Shrew adapted by Randall McDougall with Grace Coppin and Herbert Rudley as Katherina and Petruchio.

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  37. Taming of the Shrew, The (1941 Radio)

    Producer
    Peter Creswell

    Radio version of Shakespeare’s comedy, arranged for broadcasting and produced by Peter Creswell. The cast includes Fay Compton as Kate and Godfrey Tearle as Petruchio. No further information available...

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  38. Bisbetica Domata, La (1942 Film)

    aka: Taming of the Shrew, The

    Director
    Ferdinando Maria Poggioli
    Producer
    Angelo Mosco; Nicola Naracci

    Feature film. A loose re-working of The Taming of the Shrew directed by Ferdinando Maria Poggioli with Amedeo Nazzari as Petruchio and Lila Silvi as Katherine.

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  39. Makacs Kata (1943 Film)

    Director
    Viktor Banky

    Feature film. Contemporary re-working of The Taming of the Shrew, Kate here being a multi-millionnaire heiress.

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  40. Makrancos Holgy (1943 Film)

    Director
    Emil Martonffy
    Producer
    Maria Hausz

    Feature film. A contemporary musical re-working of The Taming of the Shrew.

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  41. Casanova in Burlesque (1944 Film)

    Director
    Leslie Goodwins
    Producer
    Albert J. Cohen

    Musical comedy. A Shakespeare professor secretly works as a burlesque comedian during the summer. He maintains his secret until a stripper shows up and threatens to tell his secret unless he gives her a...

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  42. Enamorada (1946 Film)

    aka: Woman in Love

    Director
    Emilio Fernandez
    Producer
    Benito Alazraki Franco

    Feature film loosely based on The Taming of the Shrew and Count Lucanor by Juan Manuel. Set during the Revolution of Juarez, the film opens in the town of Cholula, which has been seized by rebel forces. The...

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  43. Senior English II: The Taming of the Shrew (1946 Radio)

    Series
    Schools

    Two-part schools broadcast of scenes of Shakespeare’s comedy, adapted for radio by Silvia Goodall. Part 1 consits of readings of Act II i and III ii; part 2 features Act IV i, IV iii and iv and V ii. No...

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  44. Theatre Programme [02/09/1947] (1947 Radio)

    aka: The Old Vic at Edinburgh

    Series
    Theatre Programme
    Producer
    Ayton Whitaker

    This special Old Vic number in the series includes a talk on the theatre by Ralph Richardson and pre-recorded scenes from John Burrell’s Edinburgh Festival theatre production of The Taming of the Shrew...

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  45. Taming of the Shrew, The (1949 Radio)

    Series
    Theatre Guild on the Air
    Director
    Homer Fickett

    Radio adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Homer Fickett with Burgess Meredith as Petruchio and Joyce Redman as Katherina.

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  46. Taming of the Shrew, The (1950 Television)

    Series
    Westinghouse Studio One
    Director
    Paul Nickell
    Producer
    Worthington Miner

    A production of The Taming of the Shrew, with a heavily cut text, set in the 1950s.

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  47. Taming of the Shrew, The (1950 Television)

    Series
    Mr I. Magination
    Producer
    Paul Tripp; Worthington Miner

    Children’s television series. Paul Tripp, as Mr I. (a gentle train engineer), takes children in his train to Imagination Land where they live out fantasies. In this episode Mr I. takes Donny to fulfill his...

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  48. Nottingham Playhouse Company Directed by Andre Van Gyseghem in Scenes from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, The (1950 Radio)

    Series
    From Midland Theatres
    Director
    Andre van Gyseghem
    Producer
    William Hughes

    Radio broadcast. The Nottingham Playhouse Company perform extracts from their current production of Shakespeare’s comedy under the direction of Andre van Gyseghem. With George Hagan as Petruchio and Ursula...

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  49. Excerpts from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (1950 Radio)

    Director
    Donald Wolfit

    Radio broadcast. Excerpts from Shakespeare’s play (I iv) are performed by Donald Wolfit and his touring company.

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  50. Taming of the Shrew, The (1952 Television)

    Director
    Desmond Davis
    Producer
    Desmond Davis

    Televised studio production of the play adapted for screen by Barbara Nixon with Margaret Johnston as Katherina and Stanley Baker as Petruchio.

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