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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.


Robert G. Vignola


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

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Cora Sue Collins ... Pearl
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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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Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of sin & redemption!


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Henry B. Walthall played Chillingworth in both this and the silent version (The Scarlet Letter (1926) ). See more »


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Not perfect, but still very watchable.
14 August 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie was made by Majestic Films and has fallen into the public domain. If you'd like to see it, click the link on IMDb and you can either watch it online or download it for later viewing.

"The Scarlet Letter" begins with a prologue which, frankly, was really, really stupid and sought to undo some of the impact of the film. It talked of Puritans and their harsh ways and then described them as being '...a necessity of the times'! What?! What idiot decided to hedge the film's bets by trying to make the Puritans seem like cool folk--and nothing like Hawthorne's novel! This film features some rather familiar actors. Colleen Moore is in the lead, and while she is pretty much forgotten today, was a huge star at the time and in the late silent era. In addition, the ubiquitous Henry Walthall and William Farnum (both silent stars) are on hand as is Alan Hale. Oddly, Hale has been inserted as comic relief--and I certainly didn't think that this novel was a comedy!! However, apart from this inappropriate addition and the stupid prologue, the rest of the film is reasonably close to the novel and is quite good--though some of the more allegorical aspects have been removed--making the story more straight-forward and less symbolic. The only noticeable shortcoming in the film I haven't mentioned is the lack of incidental music--a sure sign of a low-budget production. Still, with such a small budget, the acting and production as a whole was worthy of Hawthorne's novel.

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