It's taken a while, but "The Night of the Hunter," directed by Charles Laughton in 1955, is now considered a masterpiece of American cinema. The only feature film Laughton directed, it has a startling expressionist style, an electrifying performance by Robert Mitchum, and a simple, engrossing story.
The soundtrack album for "The Night of the Hunter" is unique. It features Laughton narrating the film's story, accompanied by Walter Schumann's score and, occasionally, the singing voices of children and Mitchum. Movies on the Radio really lives up to its name this time, as David Garland presents this complete movie-for-your-ears, plus music from other films starring Robert Mitchum.