Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn (1935)

UK, 1935
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British borderline horror film directed by Milton Rosmer and starring Tod Slaughter in his first big screen role.

Plot Summary

Squire William Corder, in a fit of jealous rage, brutally murders his pregnant lover in 1887 in the Red Barn.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Milton Rosmer, by arrangement with Gaumont British Picture Corp. Ltd.
© [not given on screen]
George King presents a George King production
Adapted for the screen by: Randall Faye
Asst. Director: Pat Walker
Photographer: Geo. Stretton
Editor: Chas. Saunders
Musical Director: Lionel Claff
Recordist: J. Byers
Recorded on Visatone under license from Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co. Ltd.
Costumes by: Simmons
Art Director: D.W. Daniels
Produced at: Sound City

Tod Slaughter (William Corder)
Sophie Stewart (Maria Marten)
D.J. Williams (Farmer [Thomas] Marten)
Clare Greet (Mrs Marten)
Eric Portman (Carlos)
Gerard Tyrell (Tim [Winterbottom])
Ann Trevor (Nan)
Antonia Brough (Maud Sennett)
Quentin McPhearson (Mr [Matthew] Sennett)
Dennis Hoey (gambler)
Stella Rho (gypsy crone)
Herbert Leonard (compere)
Noel Dainton [Officer Steele of the Bow Street Runners] *
J. Leslie Frith [lawyer] *
Lester Sharpe [Bandleader Withey] *

Alternative Titles

Murder in the Old Red Barn
Murder in the Red Barn



  • Kine Weekly 11 April 1935 – review


  • British Gothic Cinema by Barry Forshaw pp.29-30
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.109 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.26-27, 29
  • Mr Murder: The Life and Times of Tod Slaughter by Denis Meikle, Kip Xool and Doug Young pp.112-121
  • by Walt Lee p.320 – credits