Florence Lawrence and Petruchio


Directed by                       D.W. Griffith
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer, Arthur Marvin
Starring                             Florence Lawrence, Linda Arvidson, Harry Solter, George Gebhardt
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      November 10, 1908
Country                             United States
Running time                    11 m.


This film is part of our Silent Gems Collection and the DVD is available on Ebay. This film is on DVD "Short Comedies".

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"The Taming of the Shrew" is a short comedy based on the play of Shakespeare. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our stars Florence Lawrence and Billy Bitzer. 


The first thing we want to do is set the record straight about the name of the actor playing Petruchio. All major movie sites, including IMDB and Silent Era, as well as Wikipedia, cite the name of Arthur V. Johnson, but this is wrong. We cannot see Arthur V. Johnson in this film. We will appreciate your tips about the identity of this actor. In the meantime we will call him Petruchio.

Florence Lawrence delivers an inspired and truly stellar performance as the ill-tempered Katherina. 


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   Florence Lawrence and Petruchio


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