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The Scarlet Letter (1934)

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In the seventeenth century, in Massachusetts, a young woman is forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress for bearing a child out of wedlock.

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Henry B. Walthall ...
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Pearl
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Bartholomew Hockings
Virginia Howell ...
Abigail Crakstone
William Kent ...
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Al O. Henderson ...
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Mickey Rentschler ...
Digerie Crakstone
Shirley Jean Rickert ...
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At the end of the 17th century a impetuous woman of noble birth but poor arrives in Boston when it was just a village rather than a city. As she is married to an old doctor she tries to change her life. Written by Volker Boehm

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of sin & redemption!

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18 September 1934 (USA)  »

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Henry B. Walthall played Chillingworth in both this and the 1926 silent version. See more »

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Oddly faithful little relic
23 January 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I was struck by how faithful this film is to the original novel, comparatively speaking anyway (I've seen versions of Jane Eyre with a beautiful Jane, and versions of Moby Dick where Ahab wins!). The three main characters - Hester, Chillingworth, and the tortured Reverend, are all sensitively and accurately portrayed. The story is compacted, of course, but the essential elements are there.

The only real let-down is the inclusion of strange, slapstick comic characters who show up every ten minutes, like clockwork, to perform some unfunny bit of business. A perverse part of me kinda liked them, maybe because they were so crass, and such an obvious attempt to lighten the mood. I also got a strange joy out of seeing some totally inappropriate costumes among the villagers, including what appeared to be a group of Conquistadors (!) loitering in the background.

It's amazing that, despite these horribly incongruous elements, the film works pretty well.


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