A Woman Rebels is a 1936 American historical drama film adapted from the novel Portrait of a Rebel by Netta Syrett and starring Katharine Hepburn as Pamela Thistlewaite, who rebels against the social mores of Victorian England. The film was directed by Mark Sandrich; it was the film debut of Van Heflin, and the final film of David Manners.
Hepburn's performance as the defiant young woman is considered the epitome of her feminist characterizations of the 1930s.
|A Woman Rebels|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mark Sandrich|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Written by||Ernest Vajda|
|Based on||Portrait of a Rebel|
by Netta Syrett
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Cinematography||Robert De Grasse|
|Edited by||Jane Loring|
|Distributed by||RKO Pictures|
In Victorian London, Pamela defies her autocratic father (Donald Crisp), and has a baby out of wedlock with her lover, Gerald Waring (Van Heflin, in his screen debut). Pamela's pregnant sister Flora (Elizabeth Allan) hears of the death of her young husband, faints, hurting herself, and dies. Pamela raises her illegitimate daughter as her niece and becomes a crusading journalist for women's rights. Eventually she agrees to marry diplomat Thomas Lane (Herbert Marshall) after being unfairly named as co-respondent in Waring's divorce.
With a box office loss estimated at a hefty $222,000 for RKO, this was Hepburn's third flop in a row which contributed to Hepburn's growing reputation as "box office poison".
The following is an overview of 1936 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.Anthony Veiller
Anthony Veiller (23 June 1903 – 27 June 1965) was an American screenwriter and film producer. The son of the screenwriter Bayard Veiller and the English actress Margaret Wycherly, Anthony Veiller wrote for 41 films between 1934 and 1964.B. B. Kahane
Benjamin "BB" Kahane (November 30, 1891 – September 18, 1960) was an American film producer.David Manners
David Joseph Manners (born Rauff de Ryther Duan Acklom, April 30, 1900 – December 23, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor who played John Harker in Todd Browning's 1931 horror classic Dracula, which starred Bela Lugosi in the title role. The following year, Manners portrayed the archaeologist Frank Whemple in The Mummy, another pre-Code thriller by Universal Pictures.Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp (born George William Crisp, 27 July 1882 – 25 May 1974) was an English film actor. He was an early producer, director and screenwriter. His career lasted from the early silent film era into the 1960s. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1942 for his performance in How Green Was My Valley.Doris Lloyd
Hessy Doris Lloyd (3 July 1896 – 21 May 1968) was an English-American actress of screen and stage. She is perhaps best known for her roles in The Time Machine (1960) and The Sound of Music (1965). During her career, Lloyd appeared in two Oscar Best Picture winners and four other nominees.Eily Malyon
Eily Malyon (born Eily Sophie Lees-Craston, 30 October 1879 – 26 September 1961) was an English character actress from about 1900 to the 1940s. She had career on the British stage before coming to Hollywood to perform in motion pictures.
The daughter of Harry Craston, a master boot and lawn tennis shoe manufacturer, and his wife, Malyon was born in the London district of Islington in 1879. Her mother, Agnes Thomas, was also an actress; her parents divorced in 1882. Malyon specialised in playing stern schoolteachers, maids, nurses, nuns, governesses and spinsters, usually in melodramas, historical dramas and thrillers.Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan (9 April 1910 – 27 July 1990) was an English stage and film actress who worked in both Britain and Hollywood, making about 50 films over more than a quarter century.Ernest Vajda
Ernest Vajda (born Ernő Vajda; 27 May 1886 in Komárno, Austria-Hungary, today Slovakia – 3 April 1954 in Woodland Hills, California) was a Hungarian actor, playwright and novelist, but is more famous today for his screenplays.
He co-wrote the screenplay for the film Smilin' Through (1932), based on the hit play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin. Vajda also wrote the screenplay for the first film version of Rudolph Besier's The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934).Flight from Glory
Flight from Glory is an American B movie about a run-down air cargo company in present-day (1937) Argentina–Chile Andes. Directed by capable veteran Lew Landers, with stars Chester Morris, Whitney Bourne, Onslow Stevens and Van Heflin, it was considered, when released on August 20, 1937, one of the films that broke new ground in "pioneering airline sagas" comparing favorably to big-budget features such as 1936's Thirteen Hours by Air.Jane Loring
Jane Loring was an American film editor and producer active during the 1920s through the 1940s. She was related to screenwriter Hope Loring.Lucile Watson
Lucile Watson (May 27, 1879 – June 24, 1962) was a Canadian actress, long based in the United States. She was "famous for her roles of formidable dowagers."Margaret Seddon
Margaret Seddon (November 18, 1872 – April 17, 1968) was an American stage and film actress. She appeared in 104 films between 1915 and 1951. Her most memorable role was perhaps as one of The Pixilated Sisters, in which she was in a comedic stage act with actress Margaret McWade. Later in 1936 they reprised their roles in the movie, Mr Deeds Goes to Town. She was born in Washington, D.C., and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Marilyn Knowlden
Marilyn Knowlden (born May 12, 1926) is an American former child actress.Mark Sandrich
Mark Sandrich (born Mark Rex Goldstein; October 26, 1900 – March 4, 1945) was an American film director, writer, and producer.Molly Lamont
Molly Lamont (22 May 1910 – 7 July 2001) was a British film actress.
Lamont was born in Boksburg, Transvaal, South Africa. She began her career in British films in 1930 and for several years played small, often uncredited roles. Her roles began to improve by the mid-1930s, whilst resident in London, but later moved to Hollywood where she continued playing roles such as Cary Grant's fiancée in The Awful Truth (1937). Her other appearances include such popular films as The White Cliffs of Dover and Mr. Skeffington (both 1944).
She retired from acting in 1951 with more than fifty films to her credit. Lamont died on 7 July 2001 in Brentwood, Los Angeles at age 91.Netta Syrett
Netta Syrett (17 March 1865 – 15 December 1943) was an English writer of the late Victorian period whose novels featured New Woman protagonists. Her novel Portrait of a Rebel was adapted into the 1936 film A Woman Rebels.Robert De Grasse
Robert De Grasse (February 9, 1900 - January 28, 1971) was an American cinematographer.Van Heflin
Emmett Evan "Van" Heflin Jr. (December 13, 1908 – July 23, 1971) was an American theatre, radio and film actor. He played mostly character parts over the course of his film career, but during the 1940s had a string of roles as a leading man. Heflin won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Johnny Eager (1942). He also had memorable roles in Westerns such as Shane (1953), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), and Gunman's Walk (1958).
Films directed by Mark Sandrich