The Night of the Hunter

D: Charles Laughton
United Artists (Paul Gregory)
US 1955
93 mins


W: James Agee [based on the novel by Davis Grubb]
DP: Stanley Cortez
Ed: Robert Golden
Mus: Walter Schumann

Robert Mitchum (Preacher Harry Powell), Shelley Winters (Willa Harper), Lillian Gish (Rachel), Evelyn Varden (Icey Spoon), Peter Graves (Ben Harper), Billy Chapin (John), Sally Jane Bruce (Pearl), James Gleason (Birdie)

Robert Mitchum gives one of the most sinister performances of all time as a villainous, corrupt preacher who seduces a widow so he can locate the whereabouts of a fortune hidden by her children's father.
The brooding, atmospheric photography only adds to Charles Laughton's tense direction, itself feeling like something Hitchcock, the master of suspense, would have brought to the screen.
One of cinema's all-time great thrillers.

Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter
Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter