Charles Laughton

  • Jean Renoir – This Land Is Mine (1943)

    Jean Renoir1941-1950DramaUSAWar
    This Land Is Mine (1943)
    This Land Is Mine (1943)

    A mild-mannered school teacher in a German-occupied town during World War II finds himself torn between collaboration and resistance.Read More »

  • Robert Gitt – Charles Laughton Directs ‘The Night of the Hunter’ (2002) (HD)

    2001-2010DocumentaryRobert GittUSA

    An assembled compilation of footage from rushes, outtakes, and behind-the-scenes moments featuring Charles Laughton directing ‘The Night of the Hunter.’

    A truly unique and powerful masterclass in filmmaking.Read More »

  • Alexander Korda – Rembrandt (1936)

    1931-1940Alexander KordaDramaUnited Kingdom

    This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he is bankrupt but consoles himself with the company of pretty maid Hendrickje, whom he’s unable to marry. Their relationship brings ostracism but also some measure of happiness. The final scenes find him in his last year, 1669, physically enfeebled but his spirit undimmed.Read More »

  • Alfred Hitchcock – Jamaica Inn (1939)

    Crime1931-1940AdventureAlfred HitchcockUnited Kingdom

    Set in Cornwall where a young orphan, Mary, is sent to live with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss who are the landlords of the Jamaica Inn. Mary soon realizes that her uncle’s inn is the base of a gang of ship wreckers who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast. The girl starts fearing for her life.Read More »

  • Alfred Hitchcock – The Paradine Case (1947)

    1941-1950Alfred HitchcockClassicsDramaUSA

    Highly successful London barrister Anthony Keane takes on the case of Italian Maddalena Paradine who is accused of poisoning her blind military hero husband. Keane comes increasingly under her spell, threatening both his marriage and his career.Read More »

  • Sidney Franklin – The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

    1931-1940ClassicsDramaSidney FranklinUSA

    Plot Synopsis from by Mark Deming
    Based on a successful stage drama, this historical romance stars Norma Shearer as Elizabeth Barrett, an invalid largely confined to her bed. Elizabeth has little company beyond her dog and her obsessively protective father, Edward Moulton Barrett (Charles Laughton). Her one great passion and means of emotional escape is writing poetry, to which she devotes a large part of her days. She makes the acquaintance of fellow poet Robert Browning (Fredric March), who pays her a visit. They respect each others’ literary abilities and become romantically attracted to each other. Robert asks for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage, but Edward refuses to allow it. Elizabeth must battle her father for the right to live her own life, but eventually she is able to wed Robert and bring herself back to health. Director Sidney A. Franklin also helmed a remake of The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957); it was his last film.Read More »

  • Joseph Pevney – The Strange Door (1951)

    1951-1960DramaHorrorJoseph PevneyUSA

    Noble-born cad Denis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can’t get over the death of his beloved, twenty years after she married his brother (Cavanagh) instead and subsequently passed away during childbirth. Maletroit is determined to have his revenge: the brother has been stowed away in the dungeon for two decades, while he’s convinced his disreputable house guest will make a suitably hellish husband for his niece. As luck would have it, the young couple manage to fall in love, and with the help of manservant Voltan (Karloff), they try to make their escape, but not before a final confrontation with Maletroit in the dungeon’s crushing deathtrap.Read More »

  • Robert Siodmak – The Suspect (1944)

    1941-1950Film NoirRobert SiodmakThrillerUSA

    In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip’s wife who threatens him with exposure and scandal, driving him to kill her. Thereafter, fortune seems to smile on Philip Marshall; but does fate have a surprise in store?Read More »

  • James Whale – The Old Dark House (1932)

    USA1931-1940ClassicsHorrorJames WhaleQueer Cinema(s)

    Seeking shelter from a pounding rainstorm in a remote region of Wales, several travellers are admitted to a gloomy, foreboding mansion belonging to the extremely strange Femm family. Trying to make the best of it, the guests must deal with their sepulchral host, Horace Femm and his obsessive, malevolent sister Rebecca. Things get worse as the brutish manservant Morgan gets drunk, runs amuck and releases the long pent-up brother Saul, a psychotic pyromaniac who gleefully tries to destroy the residence by setting it on fire.Read More »

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