The studio was reluctant to make the scandalous THE SCARLET LETTER ('26) until their top billed star, Lillian Gish, insisted.

She recruited many of her costars, hired screenwriter Frances Marion, and even wrote to Will Hays who would later establish the "Hay's Code." pic.twitter.com/9LJWPDHV63

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