The Scarlet Letter (1926 film)

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The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter (1926 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Victor Sjöström
Produced by Victor Sjöström
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Frances Marion
Starring Lillian Gish
Lars Hanson
Cinematography Hendrik Sartov (fr)
Edited by Hugh Wynn
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 9, 1926 (1926-08-09)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent

The Scarlet Letter is a 1926 American drama film, based on the book by the same name, and directed by Victor Sjöström. Louis B. Mayer was reluctant on using Miss Gish, fearing opposition from church groups. The film was announced as "It's a real 'A' picture", taking advantage of the 'A' for Adultery.[1] Prints of the film survive in the MGM/United Artists film archives and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[2]



The film was the second one Gish made under her contract with MGM. She asked Louis B. Mayer specifically to make it and he reluctantly agreed. Shooting took under two months.[3]


The film made a profit of $296,000.[3]

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AllMovie's review of The Scarlet Letter (1926)". 
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Scarlet Letter". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ a b Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 125
  4. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  5. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19. 

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