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The Old Dark House (1932), starring Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

The Old Dark House

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The Old Dark House (1932), starring Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Buy from Amazon In The Old Dark House, a group of stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house. There, they find themselves at the mercy of the highly eccentric, potentially dangerous, Femm family.

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This Land is Mine (1943) starring Charles Laughton, George Sanders, Maureen O’Hara, Walter Slezak

This Land Is Mine

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This Land is Mine (1943) starring Charles Laughton, George Sanders, Maureen O’Hara, Walter Slezak

This Land is Mine is the story of a Nazi-occupied town in France, where a meek schoolteacher is accused of murdering a resistance fighter. He’s in love with the dead man’s sister, and is later tried for killing a Nazi collaborator.

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Captain Kidd (1945) starring Charles Laughton, John Carradine, Randolph Scott, Gilbert Roland, Barbara Britton, Henry Daniell

Captain Kidd [Charles Laughton]

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Captain Kidd (1945) starring Charles Laughton, John Carradine, Randolph Scott, Gilbert Roland, Barbara Britton, Henry Daniell

In this unhistorical account, Captain Kidd is already a clever, ruthless pirate when, in 1699, he tricks the king into commissioning him as escort for a treasure ship from India.

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Witness for the Prosecution, starring Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich

Witness for the Prosecution

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) starring Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich

In Witness for the Prosecution, a wealthy widow is found murdered. Her married suitor, Leonard Vole, is accused of the crime. Vole’s only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife … But his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own!

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Les Miserables (1935) starring Frederic March, Charles Laughton

Les Miserables (1935)

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Les Miserables (1935) starring Fredric March, Charles Laughton

Synopsis

Les Miserables stars screen legends Fredric March and Charles Laughton in this beloved classic based on Victor Hugo’s novel as an ex-convict and the police inspector who relentlessly pursues him.

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O. Henry's Full House (1952) starring Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, Farley Granger, Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe

O. Henry’s Full House

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O. Henry’s Full House (1952) starring Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark, Farley Granger, Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe

Synopsis of O. Henry’s Full House

O. Henry’s Full House is an anthology of five of O. Henry’s short stories, well-acted and well-directed, that are well worth watching.

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Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen

Island of Lost Souls

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Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi,  Richard Arlen

Synopsis of  Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls. After his ship goes down, Edward Parker is rescued at sea. But when he gets into a fight with the captain of the ship that rescued him,  the captain maroons him while making a delivery to the tiny tropical island of Dr. Moreau. Moreau is very secretive, and Parker discovers why.  The doctor is a whip-cracking cruel task master to a growing population of his own gruesome human/animal experiments.  Only the beautiful Lota appears truly human … But she shows signs of her panther ancestry. Parker’s fortunes for escape look up after his fiancee Ruth finds him with the help of Captain Donohue.  But Dr. Moreau has violated one of his own laws, and his bestial creations will hold him to account!

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Hobson's Choice (1954) starring Charles Laughton, Brenda de Banzie, John Mills

Hobson’s Choice

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Hobson’s Choice (1954) starring Charles Laughton, Brenda de Banzie, John Mills

Hobson’s Choice is a very enjoyable comedy. A successful businessman and widower doesn’t want his daughters to marry …. Since he would have to pay their dowry. But the oldest daughter is both intelligent and determined …

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Advise and Consent (1962) starring Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Walter Pidgeon, Burgess Meredith, Gene Tierney, Peter Lawford

Advise and Consent

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In short, Advise and Consent is one of the best political intrigue movies that I’ve ever seen.   The basic plot involves a very ill President of the United States (Franchot Tone) who wants to nominate for Secretary of State a senator.  A man with a small secret in his past (played beautifully by Henry Fonda – a great performance).   The Senate Majority Leader (a wonderful performance by Walter Pidgeon) tries to line up the votes.  But he’s being undercut by a zealous young senator (Don Murray).  And, on the “other side of the aisle” by a Southern senator (played by Charles Laughton in his final performance), a man who views himself as a kingmaker, using the other senators and people like pawns on a chess board.

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