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Re: Shakespeare in Movies
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2493  Tuesday, 30 October 2001

From:           Karen Peterson <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Oct 2001 07:31:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.2481 Shakespeare in Movies
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2481 Shakespeare in Movies

Syd Kasten writes about Shakespearean echoes in the 1963 *McLintock!*,
with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. He mentions that

> the preview or trailer suggested that we would be
> seeing a Western remake of Taming of the Shrew.  In
> fact, it was the Tempest that popped up here and
> there.

The more "shrewish" John Wayne movie, it seems to me, would be John
Ford's 1952 *The Quiet Man*, also with Maureen O'Hara in the "shrew"
role as the aptly-named "Mary Kate".  Tim Dirks' "Greatest Films"
website reports that "after the financial and critical success of Rio
Grande (1950) for the studio, the third of Ford's 'cavalry trilogy,' he
convinced Republic Pictures to support him for his next riskier film -
an Irish "Taming of the Shrew" tale that was remarkably similar in plot"
(http://www.filmsite.org/quie.html).

For what it's worth.

Cheers,
Karen

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