Maria Marten (1928)

Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Maria Marten is the first film version of that chop-licking old stage melodrama Murder in the Red Barn. Villainous town squire William Corder (Warwick Ward) lusts after the virginal Maria Marten (Trilby Clark), and lures her to an old barn for the purposes of seduction. When Maria resists his advances, Corder murders the poor girl and buries her body beneath the barn. The rest of the story deals with Corder's efforts to cover up his crime and his ultimate downfall at the hands of the innocent young man who has been held responsible for the girl's disappearance. A better-known version of this hoary old barnstormer was filmed in 1940, with the inimitable Tod Slaughter mugging and glowering his way through the role of William Corder.

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false-accusation, guilt, lust, murder, seduction