Classic old melodrama!,
This review is from: Maria Marten: Murder at the Red Barn [DVD] (DVD)
Tod Slaughter's first barn-storming performance of what would become a series of movies that were 'melodramatic' and 'over-the-top' in nature (but great) that he was to make and to become famous for throughout the 1930s.
'Maria Marten' (or 'The Murder In The Red Barn) is the story of a Squire (Slaughter) who lusts after the attentions of a beautiful young woman (Maria), but is held back from its potential by the lack of money. Subsequently, The Squire is forced to choose another, and wed a less desirable old spinster, and then to rid himself of the subject of his earlier attentions. He's thwarted of course by the very young and handsome Eric Portman who plays a gypsy.