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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.


Robert G. Vignola


Nathaniel Hawthorne (novel), Leonard Fields (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Colleen Moore ... Hester Prynne
Hardie Albright ... Rev. 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


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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Here is romance-here is a great love-here is the noblest of self-sacrifice-here is an authentic presentation of the roots of American life and character as established in Puritain New England 300 years ago. (Print Ad-Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette,((Greenfield, Mass.)) 13 November 1934) See more »


Drama | History | Romance


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Final film of Colleen Moore. See more »


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Dreary, Melodramatic Bore
21 January 2008 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

In 1642 Puritan America, a woman named Hester Prynne (Colleen Moore) is forced to wear a mark of shame, a Scarlet Letter "A" on her chest after being found guilty of adultery after bearing a child two years after her husband disappeared thought lost at sea. The truth is known to only two others, the town's beloved Reverand Dimmesdale (Hardie Albright) who happens to be in reality secretly the child's father and Hester's returned husband Dr. Roger Chillingworth (Henry B. Walthall), who assumes that identity rather than be shamed by a cheating wife. Chillingworth is determined to gain a measure of revenge by trying to make the lives of Hester and the Reverand as miserable as he possibly can.

While this movie may be faithful to its source material, it's overall a dreary, melodramatic bore for most of its running time. Albright's sometimes hammy performance as Dimmesdale seems particularly overdone. Moore does try as Hester Prynne but ultimately the role proves fairly plain, simple and unmemorable overall. Only those comedic bits featuring Alan Hale and William Kent added here and there to lighten the mood makes this the least bit viewable at all.

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18 September 1934 (USA) See more »

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