The Night of the Hunter

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

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

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.

Comments [6]

Dick Clark from New Windsor, New York

.................sorry....not Beau Bridges in the Copland THE RED PONY......it was Peter Miles............

Aug. 05 2012 08:57 AM
David from Toronto

One of the scariest movies I've ever seen

Jul. 16 2012 11:50 PM
M.A. Ferro

How wonderful to hear Laughton speak. It truly is a shame he didn't continue directing - reminds me of Orson Welles - a genius who also didn't keep going,not wanting to waste his energies on the likes of his critics. Neither had faith that a significant part of the world could evolve enough to appreciate his legacy of work.
It is a shame for us and for the future.

Jul. 16 2012 07:05 PM
john from QUEENS NY

EXCELLENT SHOW DEVOTED TO AN EXCELLENT MOVIE IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY YOU MAY WANT TO READ THE BOOK "HEAVEN AND HELL TO PLAY WITH the filming of THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER" BY PRESTON NEAL JONES

Jul. 14 2012 10:27 PM
Jennifer from New Jersey

The movie was selected by director Spike Lee for TCM 2 weeks ago as a seminal cinematic production. It was a chilling movie and it was a pleasure to hear the story told by Charles Laughton with the soundtrack. What a classic film. Thank you for this presentation.

Jul. 14 2012 09:55 PM
A.W.PERELMAN from SEATTLE WA

I HAVE NOT BEEN TO A PAY FOR MOVIE SINCE 1975. I THINK THE MOVIE INDUSTRY
HAS GONE THE WAY OF THE DO-DO OR A VERY FLAT GLASS OF WARM CHAMPAGNE.THE ACTORS M-F I KNEW ARE NO LONGER ACTING. THE MUSIC HAS CHANGED, THE MONET IS GONE AND WE STAND FROZEN IN TIME AND REMEMBER A BIT OF OURSELVES WHICH WAS CLEANER AND CLEARER THAN YESTERDAY, AND CERTENLY MORE FUN...............

Jul. 14 2012 04:29 AM

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