The Scarlet Letter

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • G
  • Drama

Ye olde curiousity, and a big mistake for Moore, trying to make the transistion to talkies and deep dramatic waters. She had built her silent career on being a comedic, perfect moderne, and what looked like a turnaround chance became an epic piece of miscasting. There were numerous other actresses around who could have improved on her--Colbert or even Loretta...read more

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Ye olde curiousity, and a big mistake for Moore, trying to make the transistion to talkies and deep dramatic waters. She had built her silent career on being a comedic, perfect moderne, and what looked like a turnaround chance became an epic piece of miscasting. There were numerous other

actresses around who could have improved on her--Colbert or even Loretta Young spring to mind. The script, probably to ease the bind the star found herself in, had a dimension of comedy added--god knows why, because LETTER, as you probably know, is an early American classic by Hawthorne about a

woman forced to wear a letter on her chest in order to set her apart from the community outraged by her illegitimate pregnancy. Vignola directed with sluggishness and Walthall reprised his role from the 1926 version as Roger Prynne. Speaking of which, that's the version you should concern yourself

with seeing--a four-star job starring the immortal Lillian Gish, who was born to play these classical heroines.

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