New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

Double Feature
October 27, 2000
Friday at 7:00 & 8:35 p.m.

Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)
Night of the Hunter


(American, 1955, 93 minutes, b&w 16mm)
Directed by Charles Laughton
Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, the only film ever directed by British actor Charles Laughton, is one of the most frightening of movies, with one of the most unforgettable of villians. Thrown in prision for stealing a car, Harry Powell, played by Robert Mitchum, shares a cell with a condemned killer, learns of $10,000 stashed at his house, and vows to visit the man's family upon his release. Many point to "Harry Powell," the hymn-singing psycho murderer, as Mitchum's greatest role.

Cape Fear

(American, 1962, 105 minutes, b&w, 16 mm)
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck
Polly Bergen

(Approximate Start Time 8:35 p.m.)

This 1962 version of CAPE FEAR was one of the last gasps of film noir before a whole style of film-making vanished. After a six-year prison term a released felon seeks revenge on the former prosecutor responsible for his conviction. The film is based on the novel The Executioners by John D. MacDonald.