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Maid of Salem (1937)

Passed | | Drama | 12 February 1937 (USA)
Young lovers fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its ... See full summary »

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Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Walter Ferris (screen play), Bradley King (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Barbara Clarke
Fred MacMurray ... Roger Coverman of Virginia
Harvey Stephens ... Dr. John Harding
Gale Sondergaard ... Martha - His Wife
Louise Dresser ... Ellen Clarke - Barbara's Aunt
Benny Bartlett ... Timothy - Her Son (as Bennie Bartlett)
Edward Ellis ... Elder Goode
Beulah Bondi ... Abigail - His Wife
Bonita Granville ... Ann - Their Daughter
Virginia Weidler ... Nabby - Their Daughter
Donald Meek ... Ezra Cheeves
E.E. Clive ... Bilge
Halliwell Hobbes ... Jeremiah
Pedro de Cordoba ... Mr. Morse
Madame Sul-Te-Wan Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Tituba - A Slave
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Storyline

Young lovers fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its advantage, getting even with everyone for every slight--real or imagined. Written by Ed Lorusso <elorusso@techreps.com>

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salem | trial | witchcraft | 1600s | See All (4) »

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Another Paramount Silver Jubilee celebration hit! (Trade paper ad).

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Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Kreuzverhör See more »

Filming Locations:

Carmel, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Third of seven movies that paired Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Parris: Speaking of Satan, I also you bid ye beware the frivolity and foolishness of women that bedeck themselves with ribbons, curls and lace bonnets, thus causing the minds of men to, to wander. I tell you that a female that will fritter away her time, trimming and tricking herself out in such a fashion, should be looked upon as the mere gizzard of a trifle . The mere epitome of nothing and a very apt prey for the Devil.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

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Maid to watch
28 February 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

If you haven't seen Maid of Salem, then you haven't seen a good motion picture. Simple as that.

It's not because the story has never been done before-- stories about witches have been done countless times by Hollywood over the years. Nor is it going to challenge the average viewer very much-- though it does cause one to stop and consider what happens when a community of people act like an angry mob and try to cling to superstitious beliefs that defy logic.

Rather, it is because of the powerful performance at the center of this film. Claudette Colbert, as the title character, infuses the story with heart and conviction. Check out the courtroom scene near the end of this picture to see what I mean.

The only real drawback is that Fred MacMurray seems slightly miscast here, and the film may have been stronger with Fredric March or someone else in the male lead. But Colbert and MacMurray's chemistry more than makes up for any deficiency.

It is a very chilling account of a woman denied her own basic rights and suspected of the worst in human nature. Don't miss it.


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