• Director

    Charles Laughton

  • With

    Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters, Billy Chapin

  • USA 1955. 92min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    12A

Laughton’s sole film as director is a wonderfully imaginative but faithful adaptation of Davis Grubb’s novel, set during the Depression, about two children menaced by a murderously psychopathic preacher (Mitchum) who marries their widowed mother in the hope of landing himself a fortune. Stanley Cortez’s cinematography combines fairy tale, American pastoral and pure nightmare, while Gish and Mitchum are formidably evocative of good and evil.

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