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Friday, April 30, 2010

Maid Of Salem (1937)

This Frank Lloyd directed film isn’t really interested in exploring the horrors of the 17th century Salem witch trials but merely using it as a backdrop to the Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray romance. Of course, the Salem trials were a horrendous miscarriage of justice that just about any film on the topic is bound to hold one’s interest but Colbert and MacMurray seem terribly out of place. The first portion of the film when they meet “cute” could well be straight out of a romantic comedy. Colbert tries to fit in but MacMurray is in dire need of rescue. The supporting cast includes Gale Sondergaard, the marvelous Madame Sul-Te-Wan and Bonita Granville doing a riff on her THESE THREE role is the witchcraft accusing brat that starts the whole thing.

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