The Night of the Hunter Overview:

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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Silver Screen Standards: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 8, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silver Screen Standards: The Night of the Hunter (1955) The Night of the Hunter (1955) is such a haunting and unusual film that I often wonder what else Charles Laughton might have produced had he directed any more movies, but if he was only going to direct once at least we got this picture to sh... Read full article


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, it?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


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


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Rachel Cooper: They abide, and they endure.


Icey Spoon: [about sex in marriage] A woman's a fool to marry for that. That's somethin' for a man. The Good Lord never meant for a decent woman to want that. Not really want it. It's all just a fake and a pipe dream.


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


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Robert Mitchum's autobiography contains many spurious accounts of the making of the film; one, for example, concerns director Charles Laughton, and how he supposedly found the script by James Agee totally unacceptable, rewriting it himself. This has been disproved by the discovery of Agee's 293-page first draft, back in 2004, which is, scene-for-scene, the film that Laughton directed.
The Swedish title spoils the film, as it tells where the money is hidden.
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.
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The Night of the Hunter

Released 1955
Inducted 1992
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