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The Scarlet Woman
The Scarlet Woman

The Scarlet Woman 1924


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The Scarlet Woman 1924

43 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Greenidge

Much of the appeal of this confusing but fascinating amateur film is a gloriously camp performance by its writer, Evelyn Waugh. He plays the Dean of Balliol College, Oxford, and based his performance on the real Dean, 'Sligger' Urquhart. Urquhart, he observed, was Catholic, homosexual, and a snob; an epithet that could as well describe the author himself after his conversion in 1930. Filming took place at Hampstead Heath, Golders Green, and the Waugh family's Hampstead back garden in the summer of 1924.

In the film the Dean is under orders from the Pope and his envoy Cardinal Montefiasco to convert the English monarchy to Roman Catholicism. The Dean holds a sinister influence over the Prince of Wales, but this is counteracted by the attractions of cabaret actress Beatrice de Carolle, played by a sinuous Elsa Lanchester (The Bride of Frankenstein) in her first film role.

Directed by

Terence Greenidge


Elsa Lanchester

Evelyn Waugh


Comedy Home movie


Church of England Catholicism Monarchy


Pioneers of Personal Film Amateur Auteurs




United Kingdom

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