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The Night of the Hunter

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Tuesday 4/24 8:00 PM.

[1955]
"A wise old woman protects two helpless children who are fleeing from a psychopathic preacher"
Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters,Lillian Gish.

Charles Laughton???


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Filmfest does show a lot of movies one can never find on other HD channels. So even if it is not up to HDTVFanatics standards it is very much superior to SD. And, I might add, better quality in recording to a DVD recorder.

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Woe, this is one of my favourite Mitchum movies - will there be another airing date ?

And how did it look ?
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This film is a must-see for "noir" buffs, and even on a ~1962 GE B/W TV it was unforgettable.

Laughton's direction [his first and only] is quite good.

The shot of those poor kids floating down the river in the rowboat with stars in the sky is haunting.

I'll be viewing/recording it on Saturday.

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This film is a must-see for "noir" buffs, and even on a ~1962 GE B/W TV it was unforgettable.

Laughton's direction [his first and only] is quite good.

The shot of those poor kids floating down the river in the rowboat with stars in the sky is haunting.

I'll be viewing/recording it on Saturday.:-)

HD Lite, or not, I'm sorry that I won't get to see Night of the Hunter in HD. I am on cable and, so far as I can tell, no HD channel available to me has ever shown it. I have seen it OAR on TCM several times, but, alas, that was only 480i. I think the movie is a masterpiece. I wish Charles Laughton had done more directing. Robert Mitchum's performance as the homicidal preacher was the best of his career, in my estimation.
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I have this film on DVD and it looks very good. I agree with your statements on Laughton and Mitchum. I saw this film back in 1955 and it blew me away, even as an 11 year old.

I guess I was about 20 when I first saw it, circa 1972. Come to think of it, that was when I started putting together my first 16mm home theater. Never did get a decent print of Night of the Hunter though, damn, LOL...


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Well, despite some expected grain [cutting back a few ticks on the Marantz VP11 projector sharpness fixed that], this 1955 film looks very very good.

What a classic, it's so sad that it originally flopped commercially.

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