The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Director: Robert Vignola Cast: Colleen Moore, Hardie Albright, William Farnum


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Previously filmed with Lillian Gish in 1926, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was given a remarkably faithful treatment by low-budget Majestic Pictures in 1934. In her last film appearance, Colleen Moore stars as 17th-century Salem resident Hester Prynne, who when she delivers a child out of wedlock is forced by the prudish townspeople to wear the scarlet "A" for adultery. The father of the baby is none other than Reverend Dimmesdale (Hardie Albright), who wants to confess to his indiscretion but is prohibited from doing so by the pious Hester. Things come to a sorry pass when Hester's long-missing husband Roger Chillingworth (Henry B. Walthall, repeating his role from the 1926 version) returns to Salem and demands a few immediate answers. The film's colonial-era milieu is not always realized, due to inconsistent period costumes and phraseology; also, the direction and acting ranges from adequate to stilted. Still, this Scarlet Letter is a lot more worthwhile than Demi Moore's vanity remake of 1995.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2015
UPC: 0874757055497
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: American Pop Classic
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 56,255

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colleen Moore Hester Prynne
Hardie Albright Arthur Dimmesdale
William Farnum Gov. Billingham
Alan Hale Bartholomew Hockins
Virginia Howell Abigail Crakstone
Cora Sue Collins Pearl
William Kent Samson Goodfellow
Betty Blythe Actor
Jules Cowles Actor
Flora Finch Actor
Mickey Rentschler Actor
Henry B. Walthall Roger Chillingworth
Dorothea Wolbert Actor
Shirley Jean Rickert Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Vignola Director
James S. Brown Cinematographer
Leonard Fields Screenwriter
Charles Harris Editor
Dave Silverstein Screenwriter

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