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The Night of the Hunter (1955)



The Night of the Hunter

(1955)

93 minutes

Drama / Film Noir / Thriller

Directed by Charles Laughton

Cast:

Robert Mitchum as Harry Powell 
Shelley Winters as Willa Harper 
Lillian Gish as Rachel Cooper 
James Gleason as Birdie Steptoe 
Evelyn Varden as Icey Spoon 
Peter Graves as Ben Harper 
Don Beddoe as Walt Spoon 
Billy Chapin as John Harper 
Sally Jane Bruce as Pearl Harper 
Gloria Castillo as Ruby

Harry Powell is a devious man, marrying women for their money, only to kill them at the end to attain their money. He believes he is helping God by getting rid of women who stimulate men’s lustful intuitions. He ends up going to prison for stealing a car and occupies a cell with a convicted murder Ben Harper. He tries to persuade Ben to let him know where he placed the $10,000 he robbed. The only people who know where the money is Ben's nine-year-old son, John and four-year-old daughter, Pearl. The money happens to be in Pearl’s doll and they promised their father they would never tell anyone where the money was.  Once Ben is killed, Powell pretends to be a preacher to meet with Ben’s widow, Willa. She decides to marry him since he is a preacher and it is not too long when she discovers him questioning Pearl on the money. The children decide to run away, but Powell is right behind them. 

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