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Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 18 August 1936 (USA)
In 1820's rural England, a young girl is tricked by tales of marriage by a villainous Squire, and when she becomes pregnant, and disappears, a gipsy lad is blamed.

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Milton Rosmer

Writer:

Randall Faye
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tod Slaughter Tod Slaughter ... Squire William Corder
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Maria Marten
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Farmer Thomas Marten
Eric Portman ... Carlos, the gypsy
Clare Greet ... Mrs. Marten
Gerard Tyrell Gerard Tyrell ... Timothy Winterbottom
Ann Trevor ... Nan, the maid
Stella Rho Stella Rho ... Gypsy Crone
Dennis Hoey ... Gambling Winner
Quinton McPherson Quinton McPherson ... Matthew Sennett (as Quentin McPhearson)
Antonia Brough Antonia Brough ... Maud Sennett
Noel Dainton Noel Dainton ... Officer Steele of the Bow Street Runners
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J. Leslie Frith J. Leslie Frith ... Lawyer
Herbert Leonard Herbert Leonard ... Compere
Lester Sharpe ... Bandleader Withey
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In 1820's rural England, a young girl is tricked by tales of marriage by a villainous Squire, and when she becomes pregnant, and disappears, a gipsy lad is blamed.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder in the Old Red Barn See more »

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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Visatone Marconi)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The villains scalp is still on exhibition at the Bury St Edmunds Museum. See more »

Quotes

Squire William Corder: Didn't I make you a promise, Maria? I promised to make you a bride. Don't be afraid, Maria. You shall be a bride...a bride of Death!
[laughs maniacally]
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More Melodrama Than Horror But Pretty Good
4 May 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

The film is set in the Victorian 1820s in a rural area of England. Maria Marten (Sophie Stewart) is generally a sweet woman but gets herself mixed up with the wrong man with promises of marriage, becomes pregnant and then she comes up missing - murdered.

This one isn't too bad. It's not Tod Slaughter's best film but it's not that bad of a movie. It's Slaughter's first acting role on-screen and he wasn't to bad in it either. The screenplay is kinda bland, decent but bland. The whole film feels like they could have added a darker and more mysterious atmosphere to the Victorian appeal.

I did enjoy this film. Some of the acting is over-the-top and they have some pretty funny lines at times - sometimes seemingly strong language for the time period this was filmed in (1935) which worked in the film's favor.

6/10


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