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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Jane Eyre 1937: Katherine Kepburn and Dennis Hoey

Someone recently inquired about a stage adaptation of Jane Eyre starring Katherine Hepburn and Dennis Hoey. Coincidently I have just come across an archive with many photographs from the production!


Kathleen Bolton said...

Yikes, Dennis Hooey looks old enough to play her grandfather, let alone the 20-years seniority.

Is that a pipe he's holding?

Brontëana said...

It is, indeed! He looks very grim and stiff in all of the photos. Jane really has to work at being plain, however the gigantic crochet table cloth she wears later makes up for her beauty somewhat. ;) I'm not sure if it is supposed to be her wedding dress or travel... table cloth.

ChrisV said...

Wow, I'm impressed that you happened to find this on the heels on my (and others?)inquiry. Is the archive available online? I was curious to hear and see how such a strong personality as Katherine Hepburn would portray someone who was poor, obscure, plain and little.

Brontëana said...

The archive turns out to be a search result, actually, which covers several New England libraries- if I'm not mistaken. This link should work.

ChrisV said...

Wow! What a great collection of photos! I never thought that I would get this many views of the production. The sets look fairly elaborate. I like the wide angle shots too. That table cloth has so much detail ;)

I'd love to know what
that scene
with Jane at the piano and Bertha behind Rochester holding up a poker (?) is all about. Especially since Jane seems to notice Bertha while Rochester is in la la land. We need some good captions!

ChrisV said...

I also found this funny little review blurb:
"Kate's interpretation of Jane Eyre was fascinating. She played the role with a quiet wit, a delicate charm and sense of gaiety and exuberance. Joan Fontaine, in the film, showed the governess as mousy, beaten, shy, yet bold. Kate played the part with spirit, she confronted it, and she dealt with Rochester, her employer, with a certain sharp intelligence. It was the very best portrayal of the role I have seen, on stage or screen."
- Worthington Miner