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The Crucible (1967)

In the Puritan New England town of Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls go dancing in the forest with a black slave named Tituba. While dancing, they are caught by the local minister, ... See full synopsis »

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Alex Segal

Writer:

Arthur Miller (play)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
George C. Scott ... John Proctor
Colleen Dewhurst ... Elizabeth Proctor
Melvyn Douglas ... Governor Danforth
Tuesday Weld ... Abigail Williams
Fritz Weaver ... Reverend John Hale
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Rebecca
Henry Jones ... Reverend Samuel Parris
Will Geer ... Giles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paula Bauersmith Paula Bauersmith ... Martha Corey
Clarice Blackburn ... Ann Putnam
Catherine Burns ... Mary Warren
Kathleen Cody ... Betty Parris (as Kathy Cody)
Thayer David ... Thomas Putnam
Dana Elcar ... Marshall Herrick
Karen Flynn Karen Flynn ... Mercy Lewis
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In the Puritan New England town of Salem, Massachusetts, a group of girls go dancing in the forest with a black slave named Tituba. While dancing, they are caught by the local minister, Reverend Parris. One of the girls, Parris's daughter Betty, falls into a coma-like state. A crowd gathers in the Parris home while rumors of witchcraft fill the town. Having sent for Reverend Hale, an expert on witchcraft, Parris questions Abigail Williams, the girls' ringleader, about the events that took place in the forest. Abigail, who is Parris's niece and ward, admits to doing nothing beyond "dancing".

While Parris tries to calm the crowd that has gathered in his home, Abigail talks to some of the other girls, telling them not to admit to anything. John Proctor, a local farmer, then enters and talks to Abigail alone. Unbeknownst to anyone else in the town, while working in Proctor's home the previous year she engaged in an affair with him, which led to her being fired by his wife, Elizabeth. ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller opened at the Martin Beck Theater on January 22, 1953, ran for 197 performances and won the 1953 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »

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A Dream Cast for a Great Play
6 March 2011 | by maridellaSee all my reviews

I saw this as a teenager and was deeply impressed by it; it was my first Arthur Miller play. It had a dream cast! It would be wonderful to see it again. This and the sixties Hallmark Hall of Fame version of Saint Joan starring Genevieve Bujold are two old TV broadcasts I would really like to find. I wonder if it still exists in archives somewhere? (I did find Saint Joan online -- but only the audio of the original broadcast!) I particularly remember the confrontation between Tuesday Weld (whom I remember as being quite good) as Abigail and George C. Scott as Proctor. Fritz Weaver was a terrific, tormented Hale! This production is what led me to research the Salem witchcraft trials (and ultimately the European witch craze) as well as to read the rest of Miller's plays! I do remember that it had a spoken "epilogue" as the credits were running that warned us that the cry of "witch" could still arise in times of conflict. (I think this may have been a line added to Miller"s "echoes down the corridor" notes at the end of the script in which he reveals what happened to his characters.)


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