THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed, is truly a standalone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear, The Friends of Eddie Coyle) as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters (A Place in the Sun, The Diary of Anne Frank) are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic - also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish (Intolerance, Duel in the Sun) and writer James Agee, is cinema's quirkiest rendering of the battle between good and evil.
The Night of the Hunter -- Robert Mitchum stars in an unforgettable role as a psychopathic preacher in relentless pursuit of two children who have their dead father's stolen fortune hidden in a doll. Shelley Winters co-stars.
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Three bank robbers are about to pull a big heist on a small Arizona mining town, but first they spend time casing the town to get to know the various townsfolk. There's Shelley Martin, a man who is a disappointment to his son because he didn't serve in the war; a seemingly timid bank manager who is a peeping tom by night; an adulterous wife of a local leading citizen; and an Amish farmer who is forced to take violent action when his children are threatened by the criminals.
Based on a true story, this drama centers on young Scotsman Peter Marshall, who travels to America and eventually becomes chaplain of the U.S. Senate.
Richard Todd (Rev. Peter Marshall); Jean Peters (Catherine Marshall); Marjorie Rambeau (Miss Laura Fowler); Jill Esmond (Mrs. Findlay); Les Tramayne (Senator Willis K. Harvey)
When a father’s last words to his young son and daughter concern the secret location of a stolen fortune, psychotic preacher Harry Powell decides to do whatever it takes – even kill – to learn its hiding place. When he marries their fragile widowed mother, the children realize their only chance for survival lies on the run. This 1955 noir classic is now considered to be one of the scariest films of all-time. “Chilling.” (Roger Ebert) “Shocking.” (The Village Voice) “A terrifying masterpiece.” (TV Guide)
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