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The Scarlet Letter (1926)

Passed | | Drama | 8 January 1927 (USA)
After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover.

Director:

Victor Sjöström (as Victor Seastrom)

Writers:

Nathaniel Hawthorne (novel), Frances Marion (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lillian Gish ... Hester Prynne
Lars Hanson ... The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
Henry B. Walthall ... Roger Prynne
Karl Dane ... Giles
William H. Tooker ... The Governor
Marcelle Corday ... Mistress Hibbins
Fred Herzog Fred Herzog ... The Jailer
Jules Cowles ... The Beadle
Mary Hawes Mary Hawes ... Patience
Joyce Coad ... Pearl
James A. Marcus James A. Marcus ... A Sea Captain
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Storyline

In Puritan Boston, seamstress Hester Prynne is punished for playing on the Sabbath day; but kindly minister Arthur Dimmesdale takes pity on her. The two fall in love, but their relationship cannot be: Hester is already married to Roger Prynne, a physician who has been missing seven years. Dimmesdale has to go away to England; when he returns, he finds Hester pregnant with their child, and the focus of the town's censure. In a humiliating public ceremony, she is forced to don the scarlet letter A - for adultery - and wear it the rest of her life. Dimmesdale is encouraged by the church fathers to demand of Hester the person with whom she sinned. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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On her breast the brand of shame, in her heart undying love! (Print Ad- Truth, ((Sydney, NSW)) 29 January 1928)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Greta Garbo was an almost daily visitor to the set, in order to be near her friend Lars Hanson, and to speak Swedish to alleviate her homesickness. See more »

Quotes

Hester Prynne: I have told thee my thoughts - thou dost say they are sinful - but, why? Why are we taught to be ashamed - of love?
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Alternate Versions

In 2000, Turner Entertainment Co. copyrighted a restored version with a musical score written by Lisa Anne Miller and Mark Northam and a running time of 98 minutes. Its previous version ran 79 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of The Scarlet Letter (1934) See more »

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There Just Aren't Enough Words.....
9 December 2002 | by borschSee all my reviews

There just aren't enough words to describe the beautiful performances in this film....not that words are needed, then or now. Victor Seastrom's lovingly crafted scenes provide perfect visual frames for the transcendent performances of Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson. An artistic triumph for everyone concerned, and a bittersweet reminder of what was lost with the death of the art of the silent film. (The Turner restoration is alas, also bittersweet, as prints of wildly differing quality had to be "married" in order to create a substantially complete copy of the subject. Thus, viewers move from scenes that shimmer with pristine beauty to muddy, contrasty dupes. It's a tribute to the art of all concerned however, that this is not the distracting issue it might be with a lesser film. Like any work of art, you won't notice the cracks and flaws after a while if you're paying attention as you should. It's just a shame that the entire film isn't as mint-fresh as some of its scenes.)


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

8 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scarlet Letter See more »

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Budget:

$430,290 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2000 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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