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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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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


THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER ( 1955 )

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: Get your state troopers out here. I got something trapped in my barn.


Willa Harper: The boy's as stubborn and as mulish as a sheep.


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.


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Stanley Cortez, the cinematographer on "Night of the Hunter", had also worked on Orson Welles's masterpiece, "The Magnificent Ambersons". He remarked some years after the making of this film that only two directors he'd worked with had understood light, "that incredible thing that can't be described": Welles and Laughton.
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.
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

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