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The Scarlet Letter (1926)

Passed | | Drama | 8 January 1927 (USA)
After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover.

Director:

Victor Sjöström (as Victor Seastrom)

Writers:

Nathaniel Hawthorne (novel), Frances Marion (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lillian Gish ... Hester Prynne
Lars Hanson ... The Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
Henry B. Walthall ... Roger Prynne
Karl Dane ... Giles
William H. Tooker William H. Tooker ... The Governor
Marcelle Corday ... Mistress Hibbins
Fred Herzog Fred Herzog ... The Jailer
Jules Cowles ... The Beadle
Mary Hawes Mary Hawes ... Patience
Joyce Coad Joyce Coad ... Pearl
James A. Marcus James A. Marcus ... A Sea Captain
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Storyline

In Puritan Boston, seamstress Hester Prynne is punished for playing on the Sabbath day; but kindly minister Arthur Dimmesdale takes pity on her. The two fall in love, but their relationship cannot be: Hester is already married to Roger Prynne, a physician who has been missing seven years. Dimmesdale has to go away to England; when he returns, he finds Hester pregnant with their child, and the focus of the town's censure. In a humiliating public ceremony, she is forced to don the scarlet letter A - for adultery - and wear it the rest of her life. Dimmesdale is encouraged by the church fathers to demand of Hester the person with whom she sinned. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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On her breast the brand of shame, in her heart undying love! (Print Ad- Truth, ((Sydney, NSW)) 29 January 1928)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Letra Escarlate See more »

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Budget:

$430,290 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2000 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Greta Garbo was an almost daily visitor to the set, in order to be near her friend Lars Hanson, and to speak Swedish to alleviate her homesickness. See more »

Quotes

Hester Prynne: I have told thee my thoughts - thou dost say they are sinful - but, why? Why are we taught to be ashamed - of love?
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Alternate Versions

In 2000, Turner Entertainment Co. copyrighted a restored version with a musical score written by Lisa Anne Miller and Mark Northam and a running time of 98 minutes. Its previous version ran 79 minutes. See more »

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Version of The Scarlet Letter (1920) See more »

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One Of The Best Versions Ever
27 February 2003 | by GreekAnimeArtistSee all my reviews

I love this film for everything that it is. The story, the acting, the direction, everything about it is great.

The story revolves around Hester Prynne(Lillian Gish) and her love for the Reverrend Arthur Dimmesdale(Lars Hanson). Poor Hester is marked with the 'scarlet letter' when she gives birth to her lovechild with the bishop, and the bishop suffers on his own as his heart begins to fail on account of the guilt he feels.

The orchestration of this film helps a lot because the wonderful music helps you follow the story more and bring intensity. I love Lars Hanson's performance, he has the perfect profile for love scenes.


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