The Night of the Hunter (1955) Movie

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The Night of the Hunter Cast Starring James Gleason, Peter Graves, Robert Mitchum, John Dennis, John Hamilton

The Night of the Hunter Directed by Charles Laughton

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Synopsis: It"s the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl"s favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben"s execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry"s outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn"t trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their promise to their now-deceased father. With Willa devoted to her new husband, John and Pearl need some other adult assistance in evading Harry"s veiled threats, an adult who not only can see the honesty and goodness in children but who can also see a true wolf in sheep"s clothing like Harry.

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The Night of the Hunter Cast: James Gleason, Peter Graves, Robert Mitchum, John Dennis, John Hamilton, George Wallace, Frank Mills, King Mojave, Jack Perry, Edwin Rochelle, James Griffith, Sally Jane Bruce, Corey Allen, Gloria Castillo, Billy Chapin, Cheryl Callaway, Mike Ragan, Alexander Campbell, Glen Walters, Mary Ellen Clemons, Roy Engel, Nora Bush, Edna Holland, Lillian Gish, Lucile Sewall, Kay Lavelle, Thomas Martin, Jean Ransome, Paul Bryar, Phil Schumacher
The Night of the Hunter Directors: Charles Laughton
The Night of the Hunter Genres: Thriller, Drama, Crime, Film-Noir
Runtime: 92 / 1h 32min
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 2
Writers: James Agee, Davis Grubb, Charles Laughton
Producers: Paul Gregory
Musicians: Walter Schumann
Cinematographers: Stanley Cortez
Editors: Robert Golden

Production: United Artists
Language: English
Country: USA

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