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Maid of Salem (1937)

Passed  -  Drama  -  12 February 1937 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Barbara Clarke
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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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salem | trial | witchcraft | 1600s

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12 February 1937 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Third of seven movies that paired Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. See more »

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28 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen Maid of Salen, then you haven't seen a good motion picture. Simple as that.

It's not because the story has never been done before-- stories about witches have been done countless times by Hollywood over the years. Nor is it going to challenge the average viewer very much-- though it does cause one to stop and consider what happens when a community of people act like an angry mob and try to cling to superstitious beliefs that defy logic.

Rather, it is because of the powerful performance at the center of this film. Claudette Colbert, as the title character, infuses the story with heart and conviction. Check out the courtroom scene near the end of this picture to see what I mean.

The only real drawback is that Fred MacMurray seems slightly miscast here, and the film may have been stronger with Fredric March or someone else in the male lead. But Colbert and MacMurray's chemistry more than makes up for any deficiency.

It is a very chilling account of a woman denied her own basic rights and suspected of the worst in human nature. Don't miss it.


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