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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.

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(as Victor Seastrom)

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(novel), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
... Hester Prynne
... The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
... Roger Prynne
... Giles
William H. Tooker ... The Governor
... Mistress Hibbins
Fred Herzog ... The Jailer
... The Beadle
Mary Hawes ... Patience
Joyce Coad ... Pearl
... A Sea Captain
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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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8 January 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Letra Escarlate  »

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Budget:

$430,290 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$665,733, 31 December 1927
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(2000 restored)

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1.33 : 1
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Lillian Gish learned that her mother had had a stroke in London and her sister, Dorothy Gish, urged her to get there on the first available boat. When Lillian informed director Victor Sjöström of the need to finish the film quickly, he created a shooting schedule that crammed two weeks worth of shooting into three days of non-stop work. The crew worked without complaint so that she could finish the film early and catch the earliest possible train to New York. See more »

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Townswoman: Adulteress!
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A beautiful film no longer available
3 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Victor Seastrom's magnificent retelling of Hawthorne's important novel is beautifully directed with an incredible performance by Lillian Gish. It is a disgrace that this film is not available in either VHS or DVD format (and especially so since the ludicrous version with Demi Moore is).


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