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The Scarlet Letter (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 18 September 1934 (USA)
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.

Director:

Robert G. Vignola

Writers:

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

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
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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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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

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 (1920) See more »

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Oddly faithful little relic
23 January 2004 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

I was struck by how faithful this film is to the original novel, comparatively speaking anyway (I've seen versions of Jane Eyre with a beautiful Jane, and versions of Moby Dick where Ahab wins!). The three main characters - Hester, Chillingworth, and the tortured Reverend, are all sensitively and accurately portrayed. The story is compacted, of course, but the essential elements are there.

The only real let-down is the inclusion of strange, slapstick comic characters who show up every ten minutes, like clockwork, to perform some unfunny bit of business. A perverse part of me kinda liked them, maybe because they were so crass, and such an obvious attempt to lighten the mood. I also got a strange joy out of seeing some totally inappropriate costumes among the villagers, including what appeared to be a group of Conquistadors (!) loitering in the background.

It's amazing that, despite these horribly incongruous elements, the film works pretty well.


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