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He was a successful theatre director, whose biggest hit was a stage adaptation of ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', and was also [[OneBookAuthor the director of ONE movie]], the 1955 thriller ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct another film.[[note]]At least one other project fell through, and Laughton's declining health was also a factor.[[/note]] However, the film was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.

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He was a successful theatre director, whose biggest hit was a stage Broadway adaptation of ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', and was also [[OneBookAuthor the director of ONE movie]], the 1955 thriller ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct another film.[[note]]At least one other project fell through, and Laughton's declining health was also a factor.[[/note]] However, the film was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.


He was a successful theatre director, whose biggest hit was a stage adaptation of ''Literature//TheCaineMutiny'', and was also [[OneBookAuthor the director of ONE movie]], the 1955 thriller ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct another film.[[note]]At least one other project fell through, and Laughton's declining health was also a factor.[[/note]] However, the film was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.

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He was a successful theatre director, whose biggest hit was a stage adaptation of ''Literature//TheCaineMutiny'', ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', and was also [[OneBookAuthor the director of ONE movie]], the 1955 thriller ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct another film.[[note]]At least one other project fell through, and Laughton's declining health was also a factor.[[/note]] However, the film was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.


He was also [[OneBookAuthor the director of ONE movie]], the 1955 thriller ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct again.[[note]]At least one other project fell through, and Laughton's declining health was also a factor.[[/note]] However, the film was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.

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He was a successful theatre director, whose biggest hit was a stage adaptation of ''Literature//TheCaineMutiny'', and was also [[OneBookAuthor the director of ONE movie]], the 1955 thriller ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct again.another film.[[note]]At least one other project fell through, and Laughton's declining health was also a factor.[[/note]] However, the film was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.

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* ''[[Literature/{{Maigret}} The Man on the Eiffel Tower]]'' (1949, Commissaire Jules Maigret)

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* ''{{Film/Salome|1953}}'' (1953, King Herod)

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* ''Sign of the Cross'' (1932, Emperor Nero)

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* ''Film/ThisLandIsMine'' (1943, Arthur)


It was his lifelong regret that he was not a handsome man. He had a deep appreciation for beauty and the finer things in life, but believed he looked like a "departing pachyderm".[[note]]He was not always overweight, as you can see in ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' in 1935, and the 1936 Alexander Korda biopic ''Rembrandt''.[[/note]] Creator/MarilynMonroe, who played the young prostitute in the "Cop and the Anthem" segment of ''Film/OHenrysFullHouse'' (1952) opposite Laughton, said he was the sexiest man she'd ever seen; and Marlene Dietrich was thrilled to be working with him in ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution.''

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It was his lifelong regret that he was not a handsome man. He had a deep appreciation for beauty and the finer things in life, but believed he looked like a "departing pachyderm".[[note]]He was not always overweight, as you can see in ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' in 1935, ''Ruggles of Red Gap'', also in 1935, and the 1936 Alexander Korda biopic ''Rembrandt''.[[/note]] Creator/MarilynMonroe, who played the young prostitute in the "Cop and the Anthem" segment of ''Film/OHenrysFullHouse'' (1952) opposite Laughton, said he was the sexiest man she'd ever seen; and Marlene Dietrich was thrilled to be working with him in ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution.''


Among the decidedly eccentric roles he took on were UsefulNotes/HenryVIII in 1933's ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfHenryVIII'' (for which he won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actor), Captain Bligh in 1935's ''Mutiny on the Bounty'', Quasimodo in 1939's ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' and (later in his career) Senator Gracchus in ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''. Creator/AlfredHitchcock once listed him among the most difficult things to photograph, along with dogs, babies and motorboats.

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Among the decidedly eccentric roles he took on were UsefulNotes/HenryVIII in 1933's ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfHenryVIII'' (for which he won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actor), Captain Bligh in 1935's ''Mutiny on the Bounty'', ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'', Quasimodo in 1939's ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame1939 The ''{{Film/The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' Dame|1939}}'' and (later in his career) Senator Gracchus in ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''. Creator/AlfredHitchcock once listed him among the most difficult things to photograph, along with dogs, babies and motorboats.



It was his lifelong regret that he was not a handsome man. He had a deep appreciation for beauty and the finer things in life, but believed he looked like a "departing pachyderm".[[note]]He was not always overweight, as you can see in ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' in 1935, and the 1936 Alexander Korda biopic ''Rembrandt''.[[/note]] Creator/MarilynMonroe, who played the young prostitute in "The Cop and the Anthem segment of [[Creator/OHenry O. Henry's Full House]] (1952) opposite Laughton, said he was the sexiest man she'd ever seen; and Marlene Dietrich was thrilled to be working with him in ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution.''

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It was his lifelong regret that he was not a handsome man. He had a deep appreciation for beauty and the finer things in life, but believed he looked like a "departing pachyderm".[[note]]He was not always overweight, as you can see in ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' in 1935, and the 1936 Alexander Korda biopic ''Rembrandt''.[[/note]] Creator/MarilynMonroe, who played the young prostitute in "The Cop the "Cop and the Anthem Anthem" segment of [[Creator/OHenry O. Henry's Full House]] ''Film/OHenrysFullHouse'' (1952) opposite Laughton, said he was the sexiest man she'd ever seen; and Marlene Dietrich was thrilled to be working with him in ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution.''


Among the decidedly eccentric roles he took on were UsefulNotes/HenryVIII in 1933's ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfHenryVIII'' (for which he won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actor), Captain Bligh in 1935's ''Mutiny on the Bounty'', Quasimodo in 1939's ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and (later in his career) Senator Gracchus in ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''. Creator/AlfredHitchcock once listed him among the most difficult things to photograph, along with dogs, babies and motorboats.

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Among the decidedly eccentric roles he took on were UsefulNotes/HenryVIII in 1933's ''Film/ThePrivateLifeOfHenryVIII'' (for which he won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actor), Captain Bligh in 1935's ''Mutiny on the Bounty'', Quasimodo in 1939's ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' and (later in his career) Senator Gracchus in ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''. Creator/AlfredHitchcock once listed him among the most difficult things to photograph, along with dogs, babies and motorboats.



* ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (1939, Quasimodo)

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* ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' ''[[Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame]]'' (1939, Quasimodo)


He was also [[OneBookAuthor the director of ONE movie]], the 1955 thriller ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct again.[[note]]At least one other project fell through, and Laughton's declining health was also factor.[[/note]] However, the film was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.

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He was also [[OneBookAuthor the director of ONE movie]], the 1955 thriller ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter''. It did so poorly that he never got the chance to direct again.[[note]]At least one other project fell through, and Laughton's declining health was also a factor.[[/note]] However, the film was eventually VindicatedByHistory, and today it is considered to be one of the greatest thrillers ever made.

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* ''Film/OHenrysFullHouse'' (1952, Soapy)


It was his lifelong regret that he was not a handsome man. He had a deep appreciation for beauty and the finer things in life, but believed he looked like a "departing pachyderm".[[note]]He was not always overweight, as you can see in ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' in 1935, and the 1936 Alexander Korda biopic ''Rembrandt''.[[/note]] Creator/MarilynMonroe, who played the young prostitute in ''Film/OHenrysFullHouse'' opposite Laughton, said he was the sexiest man she'd ever seen; and Marlene Dietrich was thrilled to be working with him in ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution.''

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It was his lifelong regret that he was not a handsome man. He had a deep appreciation for beauty and the finer things in life, but believed he looked like a "departing pachyderm".[[note]]He was not always overweight, as you can see in ''Mutiny on the Bounty'' in 1935, and the 1936 Alexander Korda biopic ''Rembrandt''.[[/note]] Creator/MarilynMonroe, who played the young prostitute in ''Film/OHenrysFullHouse'' "The Cop and the Anthem segment of [[Creator/OHenry O. Henry's Full House]] (1952) opposite Laughton, said he was the sexiest man she'd ever seen; and Marlene Dietrich was thrilled to be working with him in ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution.''


Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 -- 15 December 1962) was an English actor who appeared on stage and in Hollywood films during the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood golden era]]. He was also known for being married to fellow actress Elsa Lanchester (best known as the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein) from 1929 until his death, although he was gay, and Elsa was accustomed to his affairs with men.[[note]]Before their marriage she had hired out her acting talents by playing "the other woman" in divorce cases; necessary in those days before no-fault divorce.[[/note]]

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Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 -- 15 December 1962) was an English actor who appeared on stage and in Hollywood films during the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood golden era]]. He was also known for being married to fellow actress Elsa Lanchester (best known as the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein) from 1929 until his death, although he was gay, and Elsa was accustomed to his affairs with men.[[note]]Before their marriage she had hired out her acting talents to divorcing couples by playing "the other woman" in divorce for their court cases; necessary in those days before no-fault divorce.[[/note]]


He has a terrific WhatCouldHaveBeen in Josef von Sternberg's attempt to film ''I, Claudius'' in 1937. The outtakes can be seen in the 1965 documentary ''The Epic That Never Was.''

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He has a terrific WhatCouldHaveBeen in Josef von Sternberg's attempt to film ''I, Claudius'' in 1937. The outtakes can be seen in the 1965 documentary ''The ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUbt0sweIjI The Epic That Never Was.''
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