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The Scarlet Letter (1934)

In the seventeenth century, in Massachusetts, a young woman is forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress for bearing a child out of wedlock.

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Complete credited cast:
Colleen Moore ... Hester Prynne
Hardie Albright ... Arthur Dimmesdale
Henry B. Walthall ... Roger Chillingworth
Cora Sue Collins ... Pearl
Alan Hale ... Bartholomew Hockings
Virginia Howell ... Abigail Crakstone
William Kent William Kent ... Sampson Goodfellow (as William T. Kent)
William Farnum ... Gov. Bellingham
Betty Blythe ... Innkeeper
Al O. Henderson Al O. Henderson ... Master Wilson (as Al C. Henderson)
Jules Cowles ... Beadle
Mickey Rentschler ... Digerie Crakstone
Shirley Jean Rickert ... Humility Crakstone
Flora Finch ... Faith Bartle, the Gossip
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At the end of the 17th century a impetuous woman of noble birth but poor arrives in Boston when it was just a village rather than a city. As she is married to an old doctor she tries to change her life. Written by Volker Boehm

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of sin & redemption!

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1934 (USA) See more »

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Larry Darmour Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 10 January 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Version of The Scarlet Letter (1917) See more »

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A charming film of a great novel from the early talkies.
22 February 2016 | by Tom DooleySee all my reviews

Made in 1934 not long after the 'talkies' took over from the silent era this is one of the many versions of the classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It has been made many times and I still love the 1995 version with Demi Moore and Gary Oldman. Here we have Colleen Moore (who was a star of the silent era) playing the fallen woman Esther Prynne – ordered to wear the scarlet letter 'A' for adultery to ever mark her sin and shame.

Hardie Albright plays the Reverend Arthur Dimmsdale and they still do that acting without words that was reminiscent of earlier filmatic days. They manage to get a lot of chemistry going despite the limited dialogue in places. There is also some humour ably supplied by a strong supporting cast. One of which is an early appearance of Alan Hale who went on to appear in many of Errol Flynn's films.

It is a poor quality audio but it does not detract from the overall feel of this time piece of a film. Made about history it has become a part of cinema history in its own right. I really enjoyed it as I love films from all eras. If you are a film history fan then this will be one you will be pleased to have seen.


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