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Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton



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Also Known As: Died: December 15, 1962
Born: July 1, 1899 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: North Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

The Night of the Hunter (1955) as Director
A bogus preacher marries an outlaw's widow in search of the man's hidden loot.

Cast (feature film)

Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor (1988) as Himself (Archival Footage)
Insight into the brilliant and troubled life of actor Charles Laughton. Here, we trace his acting career from early theater successes in London's West End to Hollywood stardom. Constantly struggling with his unattractive face and overweight body, Laughton was troubled his whole life by feelings of g
Head (1968) as
A plotless collection of various musical encounters and adventures by the famous rock band The Monkees which follows Davy, Peter, Mike and Mickey as they travel through an assortment of places in search of meaning.
Epic That Never Was (I, Claudius), The (1965) as Tiberius Claudius ("I, Claudius")
Advise & Consent (1962) as Sen. Seabright Cooley
A controversial presidential nomination threatens the careers of several prominent politicians.
Under Ten Flags (1960) as Adm. Russell
Spartacus (1960) as Gracchus
The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes. Meanwhile, in Rome, the slave revolt has become a deciding factor in the power struggle between two senators: the republican Gracchus and the militarist Crassus, each of whom sees the fortunes of the rebellion as the key to his own rise to power or humiliating defeat. As the two statesmen attempt to aid, hinder and manipulate the rebels for their own benefit, Spartacus and his followers press on toward freedom.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) as Sir Wilfrid [Robarts]
A British lawyer gets caught up in a couple's tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder.
Hobson's Choice (1954) as Henry Horatio Hobson
A widower father fights to control the lives of his three strong-willed daughters.
Salome (1953) as King Herod
Herod's stepdaughter discovers Christianity through her love for a Roman centurion.
Young Bess (1953) as King Henry [VIII]
The future Elizabeth I fights court intrigue in the turbulent years before her ascension to the throne.
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) as Captain Kidd
Two waiters stumble on a treasure map and land in hot water with pirates.
O. Henry's Full House (1952) as Soapy Throckmorton
Five stories reveal O. Henry''''s gift for the surprise ending.
The Blue Veil (1951) as Frederick K. Begley
The Strange Door (1951) as Sire Alan de Maletroit
Noble-born cad Dennis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can't get over the death of his beloved, twenty years after she married his brother (Cavanagh) instead and subsequently passed away during childbirth. Maletroit is determined to have his revenge: the brother has been stowed away in the dungeon for two decades, while he's convinced his disreputable house guest will make a suitably hellish husband for his niece. As luck would have it, the young couple manage to fall in love, and with the help of manservant Voltan (Karloff), they try to make their escape, but not before a final confrontation with Maletroit in the dungeon's crushing deathtrap.
The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1950) as Inspector Maigret
In Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but Radek keeps taunting the police until they realize that he is the killer. The police and Maigret (Charles Laughton) are led on chases through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris and finally up the girders of the Eiffel Tower.
The Bribe (1949) as J. J. Bealer
A sultry singer tries to tempt a federal agent from the straight-and-narrow.
The Paradine Case (1948) as Lord Thomas Horfield
A married lawyer falls for the woman he's defending on murder charges.
Arch of Triumph (1948) as [von] Haake
In winter of 1938, Paris is crowded with refugees from the Nazis, who live in the black shadows of night, trying to evade deportation. One such is Dr. Ravic, who practices medicine illegally and stalks his old Nazi enemy Haake with murder in mind. One rainy night, Ravic meets Joan Madou, a kept woman cast adrift by her lover's sudden death. Against Ravic's better judgement, they become involved in a doomed affair; matters come to a crisis on the day war is declared.
The Big Clock (1948) as Earl Janoth
A corrupt publisher tries to frame a career-driven editor for murder.
The Girl from Manhattan (1948) as The bishop
Because of Him (1946) as John Sheridan
A beautiful young woman, an aspiring actress, trick a famous stage star into signing a letter recommending her talents to a producer friend, with amusing results.
The Suspect (1945) as Philip [Marshall]
In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's wife who threatens him with exposure and scandal, driving him to kill her. Thereafter, fortune seems to smile on Philip Marshall; but does fate have a surprise in store?
Captain Kidd (1945) as Captain William Kidd
An infamous pirate tries to double cross the King of England.
The Canterville Ghost (1944) as Sir Simon de Canterville/The Ghost
A ghost who died a coward tries to inspire U.S. GIs to become heroes.
The Man from Down Under (1943) as Jocko Wilson
A World War I veteran sneaks two orphans back to his native Australia.
Forever and a Day (1943) as Bellamy
During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. But he mets Susan Trimble who lives in the house and who is strictly against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from it's construction in 1804 until present day.
Stand by for Action (1943) as Rear Admiral Stephan ["Iron Pants"] Thomas
A Harvard graduate serving on a battleship is faced with the realities of war.
This Land Is Mine (1943) as Albert Lory
A soft-spoken school teacher tries to prove he''''s not a Nazi collaborator.
Tales of Manhattan (1942) as Charles Smith
New Yorkers from all walks of life come into contact with a supposedly cursed tailcoat.
The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942) as Jonas [Tuttle]
A family in the South Seas goes to any lengths to escape work.
It Started with Eve (1941) as Johnathan Reynolds
To please his dying father, a man hires a hatcheck girl to pose as his fiancée.
They Knew What They Wanted (1940) as Tony Patucci
Jamaica Inn (1939) as Sir Humphrey Pengallan
A young woman on the British coast stumbles onto a ring of bloodthirsty scavengers.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) as Quasimodo
A deformed bell ringer rescues a gypsy girl falsely accused of witchcraft and murder.
The Beachcomber (1939) as Ginger Ted, [Edward C. Wilson]
St. Martin's Lane (1938) as Charles Staggers
A street performer helps a young pickpocket find a new career as a dancer.
Rembrandt (1936) as Rembrandt [van Rijn]
The respected painter takes to drink and faces down scandal after his wife dies.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) as [Captain William] Bligh
Classic adventure about the sadistic Captain Bligh, who drove his men to revolt during a South Seas expedition.
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) as [Colonel Marmaduke "Bill"] Ruggles
A Western rancher wins a British valet in a poker game.
Les Misérables (1935) as [Emile] Javert
An obsessed policeman relentlessly pursues an escaped convict.
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) as Edward Moulton-Barrett
An invalid poetess defies her father's wishes to marry a dashing young poet.
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1934) as Henry VIII
The famed English monarch suffers through five of his six disastrous marriages.
White Woman (1933) as Horace [H.] Prin
Devil and the Deep (1932) as Commander Charles Sturm
Naval commander Charles Storm has made life miserable for his wife Pauline due to his insane jealousy over every man she speaks to. His obsessive behavior soon drives her to the arms of a handsome lieutenant. When Charles learns of their affair, he plots revenge.
The Old Dark House (1932) as Sir William Porterhouse
A storm strands travelers in a house full of dangerous eccentrics.
Island of Lost Souls (1932) as Dr. Moreau
On a remote island, a mad scientist turns wild animals into human monsters.
If I Had a Million (1932) as Phineas V. Lambert
A dying tycoon selects his heirs at random, and each reacts differently to the good fortune.
The Sign of the Cross (1932) as Nero
After Nero burns the city, a Roman official falls for a Christian accused of setting the fire.
Payment Deferred (1932) as William [Willie] Marble
A milquetoast kills for money and finds it a hard habit to break.
Down River (1931)
Wolves (1930)
Piccadilly (1929)
In this silent film, the dancers at a London nightclub get wrapped up in jealousy and murder.
Day-Dreams (1928)
Bluebottles (1928)

Writer (feature film)

The Night of the Hunter (1955) as Screenwriter
A bogus preacher marries an outlaw's widow in search of the man's hidden loot.

Music (feature film)


Production Companies (feature film)

Jamaica Inn (1939) as Company
A young woman on the British coast stumbles onto a ring of bloodthirsty scavengers.
The Beachcomber (1939) as Company
St. Martin's Lane (1938) as Company
A street performer helps a young pickpocket find a new career as a dancer.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

Galileo (1974) as From Translation
This bio-pic is about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This brought him in conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe. Some years ago, the Pope accepted that Earth does revolve around the Sun and issued a rare apology for what the Church had done to Galileo, i.e., the Catholic Church recanted!

Cast (special)

Al Pacino: Inside Out (2001)
Profile of Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino.
This Is Charles Laughton (1952) as Host
The program features actor Charles Laughton reading selections from the Bible and classical and modern stories.

Cast (short)

Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
This short film presents the awards ceremony for the 1939 Academy Awards. Vitaphone Release 9780-9783.

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