Movies From the Hat VI #46 – John Michael’s Pick – The Night of the Hunter (1955)


This is my 3483rd Review

Thanks to John Michael of The Sixth Station for this recommendation.

“It’s a hard world for little things. ” – Rachel Cooper

Number of Times Seen – 2 (30 Oct 2012 and 5 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A murderer who poses as a preacher marries a young widow in an attempt to divulge where her late husband hid the money he stole in a robbery.

My Take on it – This is a film that I enjoyed when I first saw it a few years ago and that has so much to do with the creepy performance by Robert Mitchum.

He plays the character as both good and evil and we never can clearly define which one is scarier.

The storyline itself is extremely dark and goes places we wouldn’t always suspect but this actually helps keep things interesting the entire time.

Charles Laughton does an amazing job directing this film and it’s sad that this was his sole credit in that capacity despite his decades of work as an actor.

They do a great job keeping the religious themes and music even handed because it helps take everything off balance while the viewer tries to decipher the real issues of good and evil.

Loved seeing Peter Graves in a small but pivotal role here because I am so used to seeing him as the lead in Mission Impossible and this part was totally different from what we are used to.

Bottom Line – Mitchum is extremely creepy here as a man who in some ways epitomizes both good and evil. The story is quite dark yet keeps thing interesting the entire time. Laughton did an amazing job directing this film and it’s too bad this is his sole credit in that role. The use of religious themes and music helps keep things slightly off kilter because the viewer isn’t always sure about the way good and evil is represented. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robert Mitchum was very eager for the part of the preacher. When he auditioned, a moment that particularly impressed Charles Laughton was when Laughton described the character as “a diabolical sh*t.” Mitchum promptly answered, “Present!” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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2 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat VI #46 – John Michael’s Pick – The Night of the Hunter (1955)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1955 | MovieRob

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