This version of the well-known story is just slightly better than the remake, mainly due to Katherine Hepburn's radiance and Fredric March's work as her second husband. Mary Stuart (Hepburn) returns from France to assume her throne as Queen of Scotland, striking fear into the heart of
Queen Elizabeth (Florence Eldridge), who worries that Mary might make a claim to the throne of England. Mary marries the perfidious Darnley (Douglas Walton), while taking on the Earl of Bothwell (March) as her protector. Later, after Darnley is killed, she defiantly marries the earl amid a wave of
angry public comment. When Bothwell leaves Scotland to put down a rebellion, Mary rules ...