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The Resource The night of the hunter, UCLA Film & Television Archive ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Paul Gregory Productions ; screen play by James Agee ; produced by Paul Gregory ; directed by Charles Laughton ; United Artists, (videorecording)

The night of the hunter, UCLA Film & Television Archive ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Paul Gregory Productions ; screen play by James Agee ; produced by Paul Gregory ; directed by Charles Laughton ; United Artists, (videorecording)

Label
The night of the hunter
Title
The night of the hunter
Statement of responsibility
UCLA Film & Television Archive ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Paul Gregory Productions ; screen play by James Agee ; produced by Paul Gregory ; directed by Charles Laughton ; United Artists
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Contributor
Actor
Artistic director
Screenwriter
Composer
Cinematographer
Costume designer
Director
Film editor
Photographer
Producer
Sound designer
Set designer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
  • A self-styled preacher marries and murders the widow of an executed convict with whom he once shared a cell. He then terrorizes her two young children to force them to tell him the whereabouts of the $10,000 he knows their father hid before his imprisonment
  • "The Night of the Hunter -- incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed -- is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters, are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic -- also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee -- is cinema's most eccentric rendering of the battle between good and evil." -- Publisher
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Member of
Awards note
Named to the National Film Registry in 1992 by the Library of Congress.
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Music by Walter Schumann ; photography by Stanley Cortez ; art direction by Hilyard Brown ; film editor, Robert Golden ; set decoration, Al Spencer ; wardrobe, Jerry Bos ; sound, Stanford Naughton ; special photographic effects, Jack Rabin, Louis DeWitt
Dewey number
791.43/72
Intended audience
Not rated
Language note
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
LC call number
  • PN1997
  • PS3513.R865
LC item number
  • .N54 2010
  • N52 1955b
PerformerNote
Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce, Gloria Castilo
Runtime
93
Series statement
Criterion collection
Series volume
541
Technique
live action
Label
The night of the hunter, UCLA Film & Television Archive ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Paul Gregory Productions ; screen play by James Agee ; produced by Paul Gregory ; directed by Charles Laughton ; United Artists, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Publisher location from publisher website: The Criterion Collection, 215 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003
  • From the novel by Davis Grubb
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1955
Accompanying material
1 booklet (28 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Contents
Disc 1. Feature -- Special features: Commentary with second-unit director Terry Sanders, film archivist Robert Gill, film critic F.X. Feeney and author Preston Neal Jones. 'The making of The night of the hunter' documentary; 'Moving pictures' documentary; 'Stanley Cortez' interview; 'Simon Callow on Charles Laughton' interview; 'The Ed Sullivan Show' excerpt from the September 25, 1955 episode; Davis Grubb sketches ; Disc 2. Charles Laughton directs 'The night of the hunter,' a two and a half hour compilation of outtakes and behind the scenes footage -- Introduction by Robert Gill and Leonard Maltin ; Booklet: 'Holy terror,' essay by Terrence Rafferty -- 'Downriver and heavenward with James Agee,' essay by Michael Sragow
Control code
ocn665161089
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
other
Edition
Two-DVD special ed.; widescreen.
Extent
2 videodiscs (93 min.)
Isbn
9781604653502
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515064613
Other physical details
sd., b&w
Publisher number
CC1956D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)665161089
System details
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.66:1) presentation; Dolby digital mono
Video recording format
DVD
Label
The night of the hunter, UCLA Film & Television Archive ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Paul Gregory Productions ; screen play by James Agee ; produced by Paul Gregory ; directed by Charles Laughton ; United Artists, (videorecording)
Publication
Note
  • Publisher location from publisher website: The Criterion Collection, 215 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003
  • From the novel by Davis Grubb
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1955
Accompanying material
1 booklet (28 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Contents
Disc 1. Feature -- Special features: Commentary with second-unit director Terry Sanders, film archivist Robert Gill, film critic F.X. Feeney and author Preston Neal Jones. 'The making of The night of the hunter' documentary; 'Moving pictures' documentary; 'Stanley Cortez' interview; 'Simon Callow on Charles Laughton' interview; 'The Ed Sullivan Show' excerpt from the September 25, 1955 episode; Davis Grubb sketches ; Disc 2. Charles Laughton directs 'The night of the hunter,' a two and a half hour compilation of outtakes and behind the scenes footage -- Introduction by Robert Gill and Leonard Maltin ; Booklet: 'Holy terror,' essay by Terrence Rafferty -- 'Downriver and heavenward with James Agee,' essay by Michael Sragow
Control code
ocn665161089
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
other
Edition
Two-DVD special ed.; widescreen.
Extent
2 videodiscs (93 min.)
Isbn
9781604653502
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515064613
Other physical details
sd., b&w
Publisher number
CC1956D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)665161089
System details
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.66:1) presentation; Dolby digital mono
Video recording format
DVD

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