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Maid of Salem (1937)





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Claudette Colbert is a young freethinking woman living in Salem, Massachusetts during the notorious 17th century "witch trials". Colbert falls in love with adventurer Fred MacMurray, causing no end of scandal with the Puritan townsfolk. A hateful little girl (Bonita Granville) pretends to be "possessed", thereby convincing the Salemites that Claudette is a witch. Tried and convicted of sorcery, the poor girl is sent to be burned at the stake, but is rescued in the nick of time by MacMurray, who convinces the townsfolk that they've been the victim of a hoax. Maid of Salem earned a footnote in entertainment history in 1937 when it was booed off the screen of New York's Paramount theatre by fans who wanted to see the evening's real attraction--a performance by Benny Goodman and his orchestra.


Claudette Colbert
as Barbara Clarke
Fred MacMurray
as Roger Coverman
Harvey Stephens
as Dr. John Harding
Gale Sondergaard
as Martha Harding
Louise Dresser
as Ellen Clarke
Bennie Bartlett
as Timothy Clarke
Edward Ellis
as Elder Goode
Beulah Bondi
as Abigail Goode
Virginia Weidler
as Nabby Goode
Donald Meek
as Ezra Cheeves
Henry Kolker
as Crown Chief Justice Laughton
William Farnum
as Crown Justice Sewall
Ivan Simpson
as Rev. Parris
Brandon Hurst
as Tithing Man
Sterling Holloway
as Miles Corbin
Babs Nelson
as Baby Mercy Cheeves
Mary Treen
as Suzy Abbott
Zeffie Tilbury
as Goody Hodgers
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Captain of Ship
Ricca Allen
as Bit part
Agnes Ayres
as Bit part
Lionel Belmore
as Tavern Keeper
Kathryn Sheldon
as Mrs. Deborah Cheeves
Rosita Butler
as Mary Watkins
Wilson Benge
as Bit part
Madge Collins
as Elizabeth
Sidney Bracey
as Bit part
Clarence Kolb
as Town Crier
Russell Simpson
as Village Marshal
Colin Tapley
as Roger's Friend
Tom Ricketts
as Giles Cory
Herbert Evans
as Bit part
Harold Entwistle
as Court Clerk
Hayden Stevenson
as Deputy Marshal
Edith Hallor
as Bit part
Tom Brower
as Salem Town Marshal
James Marcus
as Sea Captain
John Power
as Minister
Jack Deery
as Non-Commissioned Officer
Harold Howard
as Bit part
Clive Morgan
as Non-Commissioned Officer
Joseph R. Tozer
as Clergyman
Grace Kern
as Convict
Vera Lewis
as Bit part
Anne O'Neal
as Bit part
Rita Owin
as Bit part
Kathrun Sheldon
as Mrs. Deborah Cheeves
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Critic Reviews for Maid of Salem

All Critics (2)

Maid of Salem is a decidedly worthwhile film, both as history lesson and as object lesson, and shouldn't be missed.

October 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Lloyd adds very cleverly little details about witchcraft, so that when conflict erupts and fear takes over the population, all these elements surface, spreading and turning a drama into an almost terrifying film. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maid of Salem


Early Hollywood version of the Salem witch trials isn't bad but the miscast leads hurt the overall film. Both Colbert and MacMurray were expert at drawing room comedies and contemporary dramas but at sea in a historical setting. Bonita Granville is properly hateful as the spiteful girl who starts the panic.

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