The Night of the Hunter
DIRECTOR: CHARLES LAUGHTON
CAST: ROBERT MITCHUM, SHELLEY WINTERS, LILLIAN GISH, JAMES GLEASON
SCREENPLAY - JAMES AGEE
CINEMATOGRAPHY - STANLEY CORTEZ
MUSIC - WALTER SCHUMANN
ART DIRECTION - HILYARD BROWN
EDITING - ROBERT GOLDEN
Charles Laughton never directed another film after this chilling masterpiece of psychological horror, making The Night of the Hunter one of the great one-offs in movie history. Robert Mitchum is at his most menacing as an ex-con disguised as a preacher, romancing and marrying a lonely widow (Shelley Winters) with the plans of murdering her and her two sweet children, and digging up her late husband’s buried treasure. From this simple premise, Laughton creates a work of eerie beauty, with the feel of a particularly grim fairy tale, composed of one unforgettable black-and-white composition after another.
35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by the Film Foundation.