Charles Laughton is the acting equal of Olivier, Gielgud and Richardson combined.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 20 Feb 2019 | updated - 6 months ago | Public
People tend to refer to acting giants like Olivier and Gielgud. However, the name of Charles Laughton deserves to be included. He was an actor of much versatility and usually returned to the theatre, even after achieving success in films. On the one occasion Charles Laughton directed a film, he received critical acclaim for his efforts. Perhaps he should have pursued that vocation further?
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1. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.
Laughton is Henry VIII personified.
2. Rembrandt (1936)
Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama
This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he ... See full summary »
4. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
A controversial but good film, Laughton relishing his role!
6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Passed | 117 min | Drama, Romance
In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.
Votes: 9,797 | Gross: $3.27M
To this day after 30 years when I saw this film, there's something remotely haunting in Laughton's performance.
7. Hobson's Choice (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Henry Hobson (Charles Laughton) is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.
9. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.
Votes: 98,470 | Gross: $8.18M
Steals the film almost effortlessly.
10. The Old Dark House (1932)
Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.
Votes: 8,377 | Gross: $0.03M
11. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Not Rated | 132 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.
Laughton takes the acting honours once again. His unyielding sadism as Captain Bligh is quite disturbing.
12. The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The descendent of a ghost imprisoned for cowardice hopes to free the spirit by displaying courage when under duress.
13. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Passed | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.
14. Les Misérables (1935)
Approved | 108 min | Drama, History, Romance
In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.
15. Advise & Consent (1962)
Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller
Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
16. The Strange Door (1951)
Approved | 81 min | Film-Noir, Horror, Thriller
Noble-born cad Denis (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... See full summary »
19. O. Henry's Full House (1952)
Approved | 117 min | Drama
John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.
21. The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949)
Unrated | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller
French police inspector Maigret investigates the murder of a rich Paris widow and ends up chasing the killer up the Eiffel Tower's girders.
22. The Big Clock (1948)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After murdering someone, a magazine tycoon tries to frame an unknown, innocent man for the murder instead, while the innocent man tries to solve the murder himself.
23. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama
Mistaken identity, unrequited love, and the supernatural are combined in Shakespeare's classic set in the woods of Greece on a moonlit night.
24. The Bribe (1949)
Approved | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Federal agent Rigby, in Central America to trace stolen plane engines, falls for the gorgeous wife of the chief suspect.
Total rubbish from beginning to end.
25. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Votes: 77,507 | Gross: $0.65M
A natural film director is in evidence.
28. The Blue Veil (1951)
113 min | Drama
Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges,... See full summary »
29. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
Approved | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music
Rocky and Puddin' Head are waiting tables at an inn on Tortuga when a letter given them by Lady Jane for delivery to Martingale gets switched with a treasure map. Kidd and Bonney kidnap them to Skull Island to find said treasure.
30. Sidewalks of London (1938)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy
On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles (Charles Laughton), who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a ... See full summary »
31. They Knew What They Wanted (1940)
Approved | 96 min | Drama, Romance
While courting a young woman by mail, a rich farmer sends a photograph of his foreman instead of his own, which leads to complications when she accepts his marriage proposal.
32. It Started with Eve (1941)
Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
In order to please his dying father, a man convinces a hat-check girl to impersonate his fiancée, but complications arise when the father's health suddenly improves.
33. Stand by for Action (1942)
Passed | 109 min | Action, Drama, War
During WW2, two Navy officers take command of an obsolete, World War I-vintage, destroyer that is assigned to convoy-escort duty in the Japanese-controlled waters of the South Pacific.
Votes: 509 | Gross: $0.55M
35. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama
An American anthology series, with a new episode and different actors and actresses each week. Hosted by Ronald Reagan, the series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.
37. Salome (1953)
Approved | 103 min | Drama, History
After her banishment from Rome, Jewish Princess Salome returns to her Roman-ruled native land of Galilee where prophet John the Baptist preaches against Salome's parents, King Herod and Queen Herodias.
38. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Of the many anthology series, this is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts, it was often filmed live including the entire first season.
43. Forever and a Day (1943)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, History
During World War II, an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. However, he meets Leslie Trimble who lives in the house and who is ... See full summary »
44. The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942)
Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
After a long absense from the island, Chester Tuttle returns to Tahiti to find that little has changed. His large family, particularly his scheming Uncle Jonas, would rather dance and ... See full summary »
45. Checkmate (1960–1962)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Don Corey and Jed Sills operate Checkmate, Inc., a very high priced detective agency in San Francisco. Helping them protect the lives of their clients is British criminologist (once an Oxford professor) Carl Hyatt.
46. Under Ten Flags (1960)
Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, War