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|Directed by||Alfred Santell|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Screenplay by||Anthony Veiller|
by Maxwell Anderson
|Music by||Nathaniel Shilkret (uncredited)|
|Cinematography||J. Peverell Marley|
|Edited by||William Hamilton|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
Winterset is a 1936 American crime film directed by Alfred Santell, based on the 1935 play of the same name by Maxwell Anderson, in a loose dramatization of the Sacco and Vanzetti trial and execution in 1928. The script retains elements of the blank verse poetic meter on which Anderson based his 1935 Winterset Broadway theater production.
The film greatly changes the ending of the play, in which the lovers Mio and Miriamne are shot to death by gangsters. In the film, the two are cornered, but Mio deliberately causes a commotion by loudly playing a nearby abandoned hurdy-gurdy and deliberately causing himself and Miriamne to be arrested, thus placing them out of reach from the gangsters. The film made a loss of $2,000.
- Burgess Meredith as Mio Romagna
- Margo as Miriamne Esdras
- Eduardo Ciannelli as Trock Estrella
- Maurice Moscovitch as Esdras
- Paul Guilfoyle as Garth Esdras
- Edward Ellis as Judge Gaunt
- Stanley Ridges as Shadow
- Mischa Auer as A radical
- Willard Robertson as Policeman
- Alec Craig as Oak
- John Carradine as Bartolomeo Romagna
- Myron McCormick as Carr
- Helen Jerome Eddy as Maria Romagna
- Barbara Pepper as A girl
- Fernanda Eliscu as Piny
Writing for The Spectator in 1937, Graham Greene gave the film a good review, noting that "this play (in the original it was in blank verse) has [...] solid merits". Despite its genre, Greene commented that "there are situations [...] which have more intensity than mere 'thriller' stuff". He praised the "evil magnificence" of Ciannelli's acting as Trock, pointing out that "here, as in all good plays, it is in the acts themselves, as much as in the dialogue, that the poetic idea is expressed."
- "Winterset: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p56
- Ross, 2004: “...blank verse gangster story (loosely based on the Sacco and Vanzetti case)...liberated from much of the poetic dialogue by screenwriter Anthony Veillier...”
- Ross, 2004: "Meridith would never become the [box office success the critics] predicted in reviews of Winterset."
- Greene, Graham (April 9, 1937). "Winterset". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. Oxford University Press. pp. 141–143. ISBN 0192812866.)
- "The 9th Academy Awards (1937) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
- "NY Times: Winterset". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2008.
- Ross, Donna. Winterset, 1936. UCLA Film and Television Archive: 12th Festival of Preservation, July 22-August 21, 2004. Festival guest handbook.
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