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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

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Original title: Hunchback of Notre Dame, The

DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 16, 1997

Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
RKO Radio Pictures

Studio RKO Pictures

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• The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

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Genre: Drama, Love, Suspense, Monsters, Murder, Melodrama, Period Piece, Thieves, Mutants, Witches, Wizards & Magic

Tagline: Impact ! Power ! Pathos ! Drama !

Plot: Although many of the films released under the studio system during the so-called Golden Age may have been something less than golden and some of their creators may have felt like well-paid galley slaves, at its best, as in this film, the system was capable of producing a type of intelligent entertainment now rarely seen. Starring Charles Laughton as the severely misshapen bellringer Quasimodo, William Dieterle's adaptation of the familar Victor Hugo classic is set in the bustling society of 15th-century Paris, as the forces of church and state strive to maintain their sway over a populace struggling for a better life. Jean Frollo (Cedric Hardwicke), chief justice of Paris, unites secular and religious authority in one foully hypocritical personage. Spying a spectacularly beautiful Gypsy woman named Esmeralda (Maureen O'Hara) in church, he sends his factotum, Quasimodo, to abduct her. Frollo's plan is foiled by Phoebus, captain of the guard (Alan Marshall), and the hunchback is sentenced to public flogging and exposure. Despite her earlier fear of Quasimodo, only Esmeralda is willing help the bound hunchback as he begs for water in the public square. The film features one of Laughton's best performances, a superb supporting cast, a vivd script, and extraordinary production

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 Directed by
William Dieterle
Portrait of Jennie, The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Life of Emile Zola
 Written by
Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Misérables, Les, Misérables, Les
Maureen O'Hara
The Quiet Man, Miracle on 34th Street, How Green Was My Valley
Charles Laughton
Spartacus, Witness for the Prosecution, Mutiny on the Bounty
Cedric Hardwicke
Rope, The Ten Commandments, Suspicion
Thomas Mitchell
It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind, High Noon
Edmond O'Brien
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Wild Bunch, White Heat
Alan Marshal
House on Haunted Hill, After the Thin Man, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Walter Hampden
All About Eve, Sabrina, They Died with Their Boots On
 Music By
Alfred Newman
All About Eve, The Seven Year Itch, Foreign Correspondent

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