The Hunchback of Notre Dame Overview:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by William Dieterle and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

The film was based on the novel Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) written by Victor Hugo published in 1831.

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanNominated
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and The Rejected Cornerstone

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 22, 2020 From 4 Star Films

Note: This post was originally written a few days after the Notre Dame fire on April 15th, 2019. “All over France, in every city there stand cathedrals like this one, triumphant monuments of the past. They tower over the homes of our people like mighty guardians keeping alive the invincible fa... Read full article


The Essential Films of 1939: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

By Amanda Garrett on Jul 21, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Charles Laughton plays a lonely bell ringer in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Director: William Dieterle. The Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. Source Material: Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, Notre Dame de Paris. Maureen O'Hara plays the gypsy Esm... Read full article


The hunchback of notre dame

By Joey on Sep 15, 2014 From Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

The hunchback of notre dame(1939) review https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest The hunchback of notre dame is hollywood at its best as RKO’s biggest budgeted and most successful film that year in both critical acclaim and box office. Under the direction of the German-born Will... Read full article


The hunchback of notre dame

By Joey on Sep 15, 2014 From Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

The hunchback of notre dame(1939) review https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest The hunchback of notre dame is hollywood at its best as RKO’s biggest budgeted and most successful film that year in both critical acclaim and box office. Under the direction of the German-born Will... Read full article


Blu-ray Review: Lon Chaney in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

By KC on Apr 30, 2014 From Classic Movies

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Directed by: Wallace Worsley Starring: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry Produced by: Irving Thalberg 110 minutes Flicker Alley (Blackhawk Films Collection) Of course, back in the 1800s Victor Hugo had no idea he was writing a novel perfectly suited to ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Clopin: Try to take a purse out of that pocket, but if one single bell jingles, you fail.
Gringoire: And then?
Clopin: And then you hang!
Gringoire: [pondering for a moment] Can you do it?
Clopin: I'm above that sort of thing. I cut throats. I don't cut purses.


Gringoire: Your hands are like ice. You're not afraid are you?
Esmeralda: Not now oh Gringoire, Why did I ever come to paris?
Gringoire: Don't cry darling
Esmeralda: I keep thinking and thinking How I came here to soften the king heart towards my people until my silly heart betrayed me for that I deserve to die.
Gringoire: You will not! I will get you free
Esmeralda: You will look out after my people when I am gone


Clopin: [to Gringoire immediately following flogging of Quasimodo] Never trust a man with pinched nostrils and thin lips.


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Facts about

Well aware of the war raging in Europe, Charles Laughton chose a lull in the day's shooting to recite, in full Quasimodo costume, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, as he had done in the film Ruggles of Red Gap. As in the previous film, it stunned the cast and crew for the rest of the shooting day.
At a cost of $1.8 million, this was one of the most expensive films ever made by RKO Pictures. The Notre Dame replica alone cost $250,000.
RKO specifically wanted to outdo the 1923 silent version of the story, so a vigorous campaign that spared no expense was undertaken. Much attention was given to advance publicity; no pictures of Charles Laughton in full Quasimodo makeup and costume were allowed to be seen so that a first-time viewing would be a guaranteed shock. Also, the studio hired (at Laughton's request) leading makeup artist Perc Westmore to supervise makeup. Unfortunately, Westmore and Laughton had heated quarrels before a final image for Quasimodo was agreed upon.
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