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The Scarlet Letter ()


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After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover.

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Hester Prynne
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The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
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Roger Prynne
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Giles
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The Governor
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Mistress Hibbins
Fred Herzog ...
The Jailer
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The Beadle
Mary Hawes ...
Patience
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Pearl
James A. Marcus ...
A Sea Captain
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Buck Black ...
Child in crowd (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Young Indian at Dunking (uncredited)
Artye Folz ...
Child (uncredited)
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Child (uncredited)
Douglas Haig ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Child (uncredited)
Edna Lyons ...
Puritan Girl (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Jeering Townswoman (uncredited)
Paulette Neville ...
Puritan Girl (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Indian (uncredited)

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Victor Sjöström ... (as Victor Seastrom)

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Nathaniel Hawthorne ... (novel)
 
Frances Marion ... (adaptation and scenario)
 
Frances Marion ... (titles)

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Victor Sjöström ... producer (uncredited)

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Lisa Anne Miller ... (2000)
Mark Northam ... (2000)
William Axt ... (uncredited)
David Mendoza ... (uncredited)

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Hendrik Sartov ... (photographed by) (as Henrik Sartov)

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Hugh Wynn ... film editor

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Max Rée

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Harold S. Bucquet ... assistant director (as Harold Bucquet)

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Cedric Gibbons ... settings
Sidney Ullman ... settings

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Milton Brown ... still photographer (uncredited)
Ruth Harriet Louise ... still photographer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In Puritan Boston, seamstress Hester Prynne is punished for playing on the Sabbath day, but kind 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 for seven years. Dimmesdale must 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 for the rest of her life. The church fathers encourage Dimmesdale to demand that Hester name the person with whom she sinned. Written by Gary Dickerson

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Taglines On her breast the brand of shame, in her heart undying love! (Print Ad- Truth, ((Sydney, NSW)) 29 January 1928) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's the Scarlet Letter (United States)
  • La lettre écarlate (France)
  • La mujer marcada (Spain)
  • Der rote Buchstabe (Austria)
  • Szkarłatna litera (Poland)
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  • 115 min
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Budget $430,290 (estimated)

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 43rd Annual Academy Awards (1971). See more »
Quotes Mistress Hibbins: I am wrongly accused! Never hath my tongue been given to gossip!
The Governor: Falsehood! Her tongue hath wagged like the tail of a dog! Duck her again!
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