The Scarlet Letter (1926 film)
|The Scarlet Letter|
|Directed by||Victor Sjöström|
|Produced by||Victor Sjöström|
|Written by||Nathaniel Hawthorne
|Edited by||Hugh Wynn|
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. Prints of the film survive in the MGM/United Artists film archives and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
- Lillian Gish - Hester Prynne
- Lars Hanson - The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
- Henry B. Walthall - Roger Chillingworth
- Karl Dane - Master Giles
- William H. Tooker - The Governor
- Marcelle Corday - Mistress Hibbins
- Fred Herzog - The Jailer
- Jules Cowles - The Beadle
- Mary Hawes - Patience
- Joyce Coad - Pearl
- James A. Marcus - A Sea Captain
- Nora Cecil - (uncredited)
- Iron Eyes Cody - Young Native American at Dunking (uncredited)
- Dorothy Gray - Child (uncredited)
- Margaret Mann - (uncredited)
- Polly Moran - Jeering Townswoman (uncredited)
- Chief Yowlachie - Native American (uncredited)
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.
The film made a profit of $296,000.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- 2002: AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions – Nominated
- 2003: AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains:
- Hester Prynne – Nominated Hero
- "AllMovie's review of The Scarlet Letter (1926)".
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Scarlet Letter". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
- Scott Eyman, Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, Robson, 2005 p 125
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19.