The Scarlet Letter
|Lars Hanson and Lillian Gish.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
B&W : Nine reels / 8229 feet
Directed by Victor Seastrom (Victor Sjöström)
Cast: Lillian Gish [Hester Prynne], Lars Hanson [Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale], Henry B. Walthall [Roger Prynne], Karl Dane [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, Dorothy Gray, Margaret Mann, Polly Moran
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Scenario by Frances Marion, from the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set design by Cedric Gibbons and Sidney Ullman. Costume design by Max Rée. Assistant director, Harold S. Bucquet. Cinematography by Hendrik Sartov. Intertitles by Frances Marion. Edited by Hugh Wynn. / Premiered 9 August 1926 in New York, New York. General release, 8 January 1927. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Gish’s second MGM film. The novel was previously filmed as The Scarlet Letter (1922).
Survival status: Prints exist in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists film archive; and in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive [35mm preservation positive].
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Listing updated: 8 December 2009.
References: Bardèche-History p. 264; Eames-MGM p. 35; Everson-American pp. 161, 319; Fell-History pp. 124, 125; Forslund-Sjöström p. 279; Geduld-Birth p. 146; Higashi-Virgins pp. 20-22; Kael-Kiss p. 345; Kerr-Silent p. 315; Kobal-Fifty p. 42; Leish-Cinema pp. 49-50, 51, 57-58; Limbacher-Feature p. 214; McIlroy-Sweden pp. 23, 25, 26, 167; Shipman-Cinema p. 92; Sinyard-Silent pp. 76, 156; Sklar-Movie p. 100; Vermilye-Twenties p. 215; Walker-Garbo pp. 28, 39; Weaver-Twenty p. 146 : ClasIm-301 p. 17 : Website-AFI.
Home video: Laserdisc.