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Maid of Salem (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 12 February 1937 (USA)
Young lovers fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its ... See full summary »

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Roger Coverman of Virginia
Harvey Stephens ...
Dr. John Harding
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Martha - His Wife
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Ellen Clarke - Barbara's Aunt
Benny Bartlett ...
Timothy - Her Son (as Bennie Bartlett)
Edward Ellis ...
Elder Goode
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Abigail - His Wife
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Ann - Their Daughter
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Nabby - Their Daughter
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Ezra Cheeves
E.E. Clive ...
Bilge
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Jeremiah
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Mr. Morse
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ...
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Young lovers fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its advantage, getting even with everyone for every slight--real or imagined. Written by Ed Lorusso <elorusso@techreps.com>

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Another Paramount Silver Jubilee celebration hit! (Trade paper ad).

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12 February 1937 (USA)  »

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Im Kreuzverhör  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Final film of Louise Dresser. See more »

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excellent but overlooked
5 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is not one of Claudette Colbert's more famous films, though it deserves more attention. It's an excellent retelling of the Salem Witch Trials and does a reasonably good job of explaining both how the hysteria began and the evil attitudes of those in charge that allowed for the hangings. Both Colbert and co-star Fred MacMurray do a great job with the excellent and intelligently written script. The movie would be a good film to explain the hysteria to kids but is entertaining enough that most should enjoy the film. In fact, apart from people with VERY SHORT attention-spans, I can't see how anyone could not enjoy the film.


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