Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1955. Paul Gregory Productions. Screenplay by James Agee, based on the novel by David Grubb. Cinematography by Stanley Cortez. Produced by Paul Gregory. Music by Walter Schumann. Production Design by Hilyard M. Brown. Costume Design by Jerry Bos. Film Editing by Robert Golden.
Terrifying thriller directed by Charles Laughton features Robert Mitchum in one of his most memorable roles. He plays an evil ex-con who poses as a preacher and marries his former cellmate’s widow (Shelley Winters) in order to find the hidden stash of money that the man hid there before being carted off to prison. Pretty soon Winters gets wise to the operation and along with the children is endangered by standing between Mitchum and his goals. Moody and atmospheric, the film is a perfect class example of a good, spooky thriller that will leave you sleeping with the lights on for a few nights. Also stars a magnificent Lillian Gish, who looks perfectly at home standing in front of the kids’ house with a big rifle in her hand just ready for something to go down.