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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 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)

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Drama

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Trivia

Lillian Gish played her scenes in English, while Lars Hanson played his in Swedish. See more »

Quotes

Hester Prynne: It would be pleasant, sir, to walk beside thee and hear thee condemn me for my sins.
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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 »

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Version of The Scarlet Letter (1920) See more »

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On silent film poetry
22 September 1998 | by Doug-193See all my reviews

Exactly what we've lost since the end of the silent era is magnificently on display in Victor Seastrom's THE SCARLET LETTER: shimmering black and white photography of superbly composed and paced scenes capturing the essence of the American classic novel by Hawthorne, though certain details of the story have been altered and may annoy literary purists. This is not the novel but a separate work, more than a perceptive and intelligent picturization. Here is the great, lost art of silent screen acting, with Lillian Gish, unforgettable as Hesther Prynne, leading an accomplished cast. The result is pure visual poetry.


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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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