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The Night of the Hunter (1955) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by Charles Laughton and Terry Sanders and produced by Paul Gregory.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Davis Grubb published in 1953.

The Night of the Hunter was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1992.

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1001 Classic Movies: The Night of the Hunter

By Amanda Garrett on Jul 29, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

The Night of the Hunter (1955) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. It stars Robert Mitchum as a preacher/ex-convict who is after $10,000 in stolen money. Each week, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier f... Read full article

ClassicFlix (Teen Scene): The Night of the Hunter (1955)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jun 29, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, itÂ’s now more difficult to access to the old version and read t... Read full article

Love Fights Hate in "The Night of the Hunter"

By Rick29 on Sep 8, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

In addition to a gallery of memorable performances, actor Charles Laughton’s cinematic legacy includes one fling with directing—but oh what a fling it is! The Night of the Hunter is a haunting, poetic film that explores themes ranging from the battle between good and evil to the propensi... Read full article


By Crystal Kalyana on Oct 15, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

Wednesday October 14th, marked the 122nd anniversary of the birth of the motion picture legend, Lillian Gish, the famed actress who was eminently popular during the silent era, and later became known as the “First Lady Of American Cinema”. Lillian Gish was one of Hollywood’s greate... Read full article

Lillian Gish in The Night of the Hunter

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 14, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm looking at the character of Rachel Cooper played by the great actress Lillian Gish in The Night of the Hunter (1955). In this vintage poster, Gish is holding the shotgun with Gloria Castilo holding the candle and Robert Mitchum in the background. This article is part of the Anti-Damsel... Read full article

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Rachel Cooper: She'll be losing her mind to a tricky mouth and a full moon, and like as not, I'll be saddled with the consequences.

Icey Spoon: A husband's one piece of store goods you never know 'til you get it home and take the paper off.

Birdie Steptoe: Man of my age needs a little snort in the morning, heat the boilers.

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According to Robert Mitchum's autobiography, Mitchum himself was openly contemptuous of Shelley Winters throughout the shooting of the film, and later claimed to have wished Charles Laughton had actually used Winters in the scene when her character's body is seen dead underwater.
Reports that screenwriter James Agee wrote an incoherent screenplay have been proved false by the 2004 discovery of his first draft. That document, although 293 pages in length, and manifestly overwritten (as is common with first drafts), is, scene-for-scene, the film that Charles Laughton directed. Likewise false are the reports that Agee was fired, related most infamously in Robert Mitchum's autobiography. Laughton, however much he gnashed his teeth at having such a behemoth of a text in his hands with only five weeks to go before the start of principal photography, calmly renewed Agee's contract and directed him to cut it in half; after much persuasion, he did. In Laughton's stage work ("Galileo", "Cain Mutiny Court Martial", etc), the great actor demonstrated he was a script editor of genius - he could induce the most stubborn and prideful writer to cut, cut, cut, and so he did in Agee's case. Later, apparently at Robert Mitchum's request, Agee visited the set to settle a dispute between the star and Laughton. Letters and documents located in the archive of Agee's agent Paul Kohner bear this out -- they were brought to light by Laughton biographer Simon Callow, whose excellent BFI book about "Night of the Hunter" diligently sets this part of the record
Emmett Lynn was originally cast and filmed as Birdie Steptoe, but director Laughton replaced him with James Gleason and reshot all of Lynn's scenes.
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The Night of the Hunter

Released 1955
Inducted 1992

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