GenreDrama, History, Romance ScreenplayErnest Vajda LanguageEnglish
WriterErnest Vajda, Anthony Veiller Release dateNovember 6, 1936 (1936-11-06) Based onPortrait of a Rebel
by Netta Syrett CastKatharine Hepburn (Pamela 'Pam' Thistlewaite), Herbert Marshall (Thomas Lane), Elizabeth Allan (Flora Anne Thistlewaite), Donald Crisp (Judge Byron Thistlewaite), Doris Dudley (Young Flora), David Manners (Lieutenant Alan Craig Freeland) Similar moviesStar Trek: The Motion Picture, The Matrix, Inglourious Basterds, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Saving Private Ryan, Star Trek: Nemesis
TaglineShe's glorious ...As a Woman In Arms! ...He's Magnificent As the Man She Adores.
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A Woman Rebels is a 1936 RKO 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, was the film debut of Van Heflin, and the final film of David Manners.
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 raises her illegitimate daughter as her niece after her pregnant sister (Elizabeth Allan) falls and dies over the death of her young husband 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. Hepburn's performance as the defiant young woman is considered the epitome of her feminist characterizations of the 1930s.
Katharine Hepburn as Pamela Thistlewaite
Herbert Marshall as Thomas Lane
Elizabeth Allan as Flora Anne Thistlewaite
Donald Crisp as Judge Byron Thistlewaite
Doris Dudley as Young Flora
David Manners as Lieutenant Alan Craig Freeland
Lucile Watson as Betty Bumble
Van Heflin as Lord Gerald Waring Gaythorne
Marilyn Knowlden as Flora (age 9)
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".