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3t494 NIGHT OF THE HUNTER German pressbook '55 Robert Mitchum, Winters, Laughton, different!

Date Sold 7/28/2011
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An Original Vintage Theatrical German Movie Pressbook (pb; measures 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"; 8 pages) (Learn More)

The Night of the Hunter, the classic 1955 Charles Laughton family relationship murder crime film noir ("Towering above all others... The warmth and passion and suspense of the gripping best seller! ...the powerful performances of a superb, distinguished cast! ...the creative genius of Paul Gregory and Charles Laughton, the famed producing-directing team that brought 'The Caine Mutiny Court Martial' to the stage! ..these are the exciting raw materials of screen greatness... but greater than them all - is the impact of the motion picture itself!"; "Towering Above All Others... a motion picture that will not be easily matched... or forgotten!"; "The Best Seller: All its excitement and emotion are brightened on the screen by the famed producer-director team of Paul Gregory and Charles Laughton, who brought 'The Caine Mutiny Court Martial' to the stage!"; "'This morning we were married... And now you think I'm going to kiss you, hold you, call you my wife!'"; "The scenes... The story... The stars... But above all - the suspense!!!!"; "The wedding night, the anticipation, the kiss, the knife, BUT ABOVE ALL... the SUSPENSE!"; with a superb screenplay by noted author and film critic James Agee, "Based on the novel by Davis Grubb"; about a deranged pretend minister who marries a woman because her children have the money that her husband stole hidden away, and he will do anything to get the money; the movie is told in flashback, and is presented by an old lady to children, and is very "unreal", likely because it is intended that the viewer sees the movie as the young children would interpret what the old lady was saying to them; this was the only movie directed by classic actor Charles Laughton; the movie was poorly received by the public who did not understand it, and a dejected Laughton did not try directing again, and all of us are much the poorer for it!) starring Robert Mitchum (in the greatest role of his illustrious career as the murderous preacher with "LOVE" and "HATE" tattooed on his fingers; "in the unconventional role of a man who married and murdered and married and murdered!"; as Harry Powell), Shelley Winters ("dares to step into the off-beat role of a woman too hungry for love to see terror!"; as Willa Harper), Lillian Gish ("A great star brings the old greatness back to motion pictures ...with a new warmth!"; as Rachel Cooper), James Gleason (as Birdie Steptoe), Evelyn Varden (as Icey Spoon), Peter Graves (as Ben Harper), Don Beddoe (as Walt Spoon), Gloria Castillo (as Ruby), Billy Chapin (as John Harper), and Sally Jane Bruce (as Pearl Harper)
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Important Added Info: Note that we have provided an image of the front and back covers of the pressbook, plus an image of a two-page spread from inside of the pressbook (we do NOT picture any supplements or heralds, if there are any included with this pressbook), and of course, the winner of this auction will receive the entire single pressbook we are auctioning (plus any supplements or heralds described above)! Also note that this pressbook is complete and uncut! Given that theater owners purchased pressbooks partly in order to create their newspaper advertising, and quite frequently cut them up for that purpose, it is rare to find a pressbook that IS complete and uncut!

Condition: very good to fine, NO CUTS.
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