Katharine Hepburn as Joan of Arc

This is a digital restoration of an RKO screen test that Katharine Hepburn took in 1934 for a role in an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan.”  It was shot in Technicolor, which was new then, and was restored by the Museum of Modern Art.

The movie wasn’t made then because Shaw wouldn’t agree to cuts in the script that the directors wanted to make.  A movie version of Shaw’s play was finally made in 1948, with Ingrid Bergman in the title role.  I take nothing away from Ingrid Bergman, but Katherine Hepburn would really have been great in the role.

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