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Charles Laughton

 

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Director / Actor
1899 - 1962 
Born July 1, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
Key Production Country: USA 
Key Genres: Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Crime Thriller
Key Collaborators: Robert Mitchum (Leading Player), James Agee (Screenwriter), Stanley Cortez (Cinematographer)
Highly Recommended: The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Links: [ IMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide ] [ The Official Charles Laughton Website ] [ Derek Malcolm's Century of Films: The Night of the Hunter ] [ Wikipedia ] [ Reel Classics ] [ BritMovie Biography ] [ Screen Online Biography ]
Books: [ Charles Laughton: An Intimate Biography ] [ Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor ]
DVD's: [ Amazon ]  
1,000 Greatest Films: The Night of the Hunter (1955)
250 Quintessential Noir Films: The Night of the Hunter (1955)
 
The Night of the Hunter (1955)The Night of the Hunter (1955)
 
     
  "Laughton was a brilliant performer with an astonishing range...In 1955 Laughton directed The Night of the Hunter, a visually striking and dramatically gripping production that showed much promise for a new career as a filmmaker. But he never made another." - (The MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1994)  
     
  "In 1955, he directed possibly the finest debut film ever achieved within the Hollywood system, the James Agee-scripted Night of the Hunter. Alas, although critically well-received and widely, if belatedly, viewed as the masterpiece it is, it was commercially unsuccessful and proved to be Laughton's only film as a director." - Mario Reading (The Movie Companion, 2006)  
     
  "He also directed one memorable, if uneven film, Night of the Hunter (1955), which suggested that he could possibly have become a major screen director. Although primarily an actor of striking personality and with a theatrical love for the bravura effect, he was also capable of great delicacy and feeling." - Roger Manvell (The International Encyclopedia of Film, 1972)  
     
 
 
 

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