Young Goodman Brown

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Young Goodman Brown was a short story from Nanthaniel Hawthorne in 1935. It was adapted as a film by director Peter George 1991 and released in 1993.

Tom Shell played the main character of Goodman Brown. Many of the scenes were shot at the Rebecca Nurse Home in Danvers as well as some at

Pioneer Village in Salem.

Synopsis: Young Goodman Brown was a 17th century Puritan idealist, planning on a pious family life. When his brother denies him a loan to buy a farm, he suffers a kind

of psychotic episode that leads him on a nigh time trek through the woods to Danvers. When he meets the devil, it becomes is inner journey to evil. It is a screen parable

of the Salem witch trials, an attack on double standards and hypocrisy.

See Also

Vertical File in Salem Collection - Young Goodman Brown

"Hawthorne goes Hollywood; company films supernatural tale" Boston Sunday Globe July 28, 1991, p. N7

"Hawthorne on Film; Young Goodman Brown shot with local color" Salem Evening News, July 20, 1991, p.1

"Immersed in Salem's dark shadows; screen version of Hawthorne short story premiers in Marblehead" Salem Evening News, Mar 19, 1994, p.1