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Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 18 August 1936 (USA)
In 1820's rural England, a young girl is tricked by tales of marriage by a villainous Squire, and when she becomes pregnant, and disappears, a gipsy lad is blamed.

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Credited cast:
Tod Slaughter ...
Sophie Stewart ...
D.J. Williams ...
Farmer Thomas Marten
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Carlos, the gypsy
Clare Greet ...
Mrs. Marten
Gerard Tyrell ...
Timothy Winterbottom
Ann Trevor ...
Nan, the maid
Stella Rho ...
Gypsy Crone
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Gambling Winner
Quentin McPhearson ...
Matthew Sennett
Antonia Brough ...
Maud Sennett
Noel Dainton ...
Officer Steele of the Bow Street Runners
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Leslie Frith ...
Lawyer
Herbert Leonard ...
Compere
Lester Sharpe ...
Bandleader Withey
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In 1820's rural England, a young girl is tricked by tales of marriage by a villainous Squire, and when she becomes pregnant, and disappears, a gipsy lad is blamed.

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Sensational! Eerie! Sinister! Weird! The most unusual picture of the year!

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Crime | Drama

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Murder in the Old Red Barn  »

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(Visatone Marconi)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Red Barn, where Maria Marten was murdered in 1828 is in the village of Polstead, Suffolk, UK. Baroness Rendell of Babergh lives there now; she is better known as crime writer Ruth Rendell . See more »

Quotes

Squire William Corder: Didn't I make you a promise, Maria? I promised to make you a bride. Don't be afraid, Maria. You shall be a bride...a bride of Death!
[laughs maniacally]
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Led to the Slaughter
21 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of Tod Slaughter. Now I have got to see three of his films and I absolutely love him. He is the master of pomposity. He has virtually no moral sense. In all three films, he frolics with much younger women. He has no qualms about bumping off anyone that gets in his way. In this film, he is a squire who has run up some sizable gambling debts. He has been wooing a local man's daughter, for obvious reasons. She is even willing to marry him, but he needs money, so, instead, he becomes engaged to the ugly daughter of a rich man. To seal things up, he must kill the attractive young woman and then cover his tracks. No one believes the young gypsy man who figures things out. There is a lot of classism going on. He is one of the haves and the have nots must curtsy to him. When Slaughter is on the screen he is absolutely dominating. I'm now hoping to locate some more. This is a bleak but intense film. The setting is wonderful, in the stultifying country, with its secrets. What a cad!


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