The Scarlet Letter (1934 film)
|The Scarlet Letter|
|Directed by||Robert G. Vignola|
|Produced by||Larry Darmour|
|Written by||Leonard Fields|
|Based on||The Scarlet Letter |
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Henry B. Walthall
|Music by||Abe Meyer|
|Cinematography||James S. Brown Jr.|
|Edited by||Charles Harris|
|Distributed by||Majestic Pictures|
The Scarlet Letter is a 1934 American film directed by Robert G. Vignola.
It was shot in Salem's Pioneer Village and Sherman Oaks, California. It was the only film Colleen Moore ever said she made for the money. She was reportedly preparing to take her dollhouse on tour for charity, and saw the film as an opportunity to make a last film with friends.[clarification needed]
The film has been preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Hester Prynne has a child out of wedlock and refuses to name the father (who is a respected citizen). For this, she is sentenced to wear a red letter "A" (for adultery). Her husband is long missing and presumed dead. When the husband returns and finds his wife with another man's child, he sets out to torture them. At last, the father reveals himself, with a letter "A" carved in his chest.
- Colleen Moore as Hester Prynne
- Hardie Albright as Arthur Dimmesdale
- Henry B. Walthall as Roger Chillingworth
- Cora Sue Collins as Pearl
- Alan Hale as Bartholomew Hockings
- Virginia Howell as Abigail Crakstone
- William Kent as Sampson Goodfellow
- William Farnum as Gov. Bellingham
- Betty Blythe as Innkeeper
- Al O. Henderson as Master Wilson
- Jules Cowles as Beadle
- Mickey Rentschler as Digerie Crakstone
- Shirley Jean Rickert as Humility Crakstone
- Flora Finch as Faith Bartle, the Gossip
- Tommy Bupp as Marching Boy (uncredited)
- Iron Eyes Cody as Native American (uncredited)
National Board of Review gave a negative review, criticizing the script and "Vignola's static, uninspired direction", but appreciated Moore's performance, considered "the only good thing in the picture".
- Jeff Codori (2012), Colleen Moore; A Biography of the Silent Film Star, McFarland Publishing,(Print ISBN 978-0-7864-4969-9, EBook ISBN 978-0-7864-8899-5).
- National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Films in Review - Volume 14, 1963, p.421
- The Scarlet Letter on IMDb
- The Scarlet Letter is available for free download at the Internet Archive
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