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Maid of Salem (1937)

Young lovers fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Walter Ferris (screen play), Bradley King (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Barbara Clarke
Fred MacMurray ... Roger Coverman of Virginia
Harvey Stephens ... Dr. John Harding
Gale Sondergaard ... Martha - His Wife
Louise Dresser ... Ellen Clarke - Barbara's Aunt
Benny Bartlett ... Timothy - Her Son (as Bennie Bartlett)
Edward Ellis ... Elder Goode
Beulah Bondi ... Abigail - His Wife
Bonita Granville ... Ann - Their Daughter
Virginia Weidler ... Nabby - Their Daughter
Donald Meek ... Ezra Cheeves
E.E. Clive ... Bilge
Halliwell Hobbes ... Jeremiah
Pedro de Cordoba ... Mr. Morse
Madame Sul-Te-Wan Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Tituba - A Slave
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Storyline

Young lovers fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its advantage, getting even with everyone for every slight--real or imagined. Written by Ed Lorusso <elorusso@techreps.com>

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salem | trial | witchcraft | 1600s | See All (4) »

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Another Paramount Silver Jubilee celebration hit! (Trade paper ad).

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Kreuzverhör See more »

Filming Locations:

Carmel, California, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Louise Dresser. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Parris: Speaking of Satan, I also you bid ye beware the frivolity and foolishness of women that bedeck themselves with ribbons, curls and lace bonnets, thus causing the minds of men to, to wander. I tell you that a female that will fritter away her time, trimming and tricking herself out in such a fashion, should be looked upon as the mere gizzard of a trifle . The mere epitome of nothing and a very apt prey for the Devil.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

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Bid Me But Live
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Classic Witch-Hunt Flick Delivers the Goods 30's-style
6 April 2000 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

Solid 30's costume melodrama, certainly an artistic equal to director Frank Lloyd's more famous "Mutiny on the Bounty". Excellent acting from Colbert and, surprisingly, MacMurray (but then he's great in "Double Indemnity" too). Sterling Holloway is wonderful as the spurned suitor, and Madame Sul-Te-Wan is great as the VooDoo Woman. An excellent introduction to the Witch-Hunting syndrome that is suitable to show to young children. Witch-Hunting still occurs today in politics, religion, workplace, school and sometimes even in the family, and this film could be a tool for inciting discussion.


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