Charles Laughton Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

(1957)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Sir Wilfrid Roberts
Director:
Billy Wilder
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power
Plot:

Barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts has decided to defend Leonard Vole, accused of murdering his benefactor, believing him to be innocent although strong circumstantial evidences point towards his client. He is surprised when Leonard’s wife, who has earlier provided an alibi, testifies against him. Robarts does not know that this is the first in the series of many surprises that is awaiting him. 

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The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

(1955)
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As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Charles Laughton
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Evelyn Varden, James Gleason, Robert Mitchum
Plot:

Reverend Harry Powell is a misogynistic serial killer. When he is arrested for a stolen car, he ends up serving time with murderer Ben Harper who has hidden US $10k in his daughter’s doll. When Powell is released after Harper’s execution he reaches the Harpers home with murderous intentions and to recover the money. 

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Day-Dreams

Day-Dreams

(1928)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lecherous Boarder / Ram Das in Dream Sequence
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Harold Warrender, Dorice Fordred, Marie Wright
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Spartacus
PG-13

Spartacus

(1960)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Gracchus
Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Genres:
Adventure, War, Biography, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov
Plot:

Arrogant Thracian slave Spartacus, who is trained in a gladiatorial school, rises in arms against his captors following repeated humiliations and incites a violent revolt involving thousands of slaves. As the group travels south to board ships to other lands, two opposing senators attempt to use the slave revolt to seize control of the decadent Roman Republic.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

(1939)
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As:
Cast
Role:
The Hunchback Quasimodo
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien
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Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

(1935)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Bligh
Director:
Frank Lloyd
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama, History, Adventure
Star Cast:
Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan
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Advise & Consent

Advise & Consent

(1962)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Senator Seabright Cooley
Director:
Otto Preminger
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Henry Fonda, Franchot Tone, Walter Pidgeon, Betty White
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It Started with Eve

It Started with Eve

(1941)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Jonathan Reynolds
Director:
Henry Koster
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Guy Kibbee, Robert Cummings, Deanna Durbin, John Banner
Plot:

When a very ill wealthy man expresses his wish to meet his son’s fiancée, the son hastily requests a hatcheck girl to pose as his betrothed, as his real fiancée is unavailable. The father takes a liking to the girl, his health improves tremendously, and he plans their actual engagement. By then, the real fiancée is also back, complicating the matters further. 

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The Big Clock

The Big Clock

(1948)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Earl Janoth
Director:
John Farrow
Genres:
Film-Noir, Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Maureen O'Sullivan, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester
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Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice

(1954)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Hobson
Director:
David Lean
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
John Mills, Brenda de Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales
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Ruggles of Red Gap

Ruggles of Red Gap

(1935)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Ruggles
Director:
Leo McCarey
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Zasu Pitts, Roland Young, Charles Ruggles, Mary Boland
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Les Misérables

Les Misérables

(1935)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Inspector Emile Javert
Director:
Richard Boleslawski
Genres:
Romance, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Fredric March, Rochelle Hudson, Frances Drake, Cedric Hardwicke
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This Land Is Mine

This Land Is Mine

(1943)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Albert Lory
Director:
Jean Renoir
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
George Sanders, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Kent Smith
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The Blue Veil

The Blue Veil

(1951)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Fred K. Begley
Director:
Curtis Bernhardt, Busby Berkeley
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Don Taylor, Agnes Moorehead, Richard Carlson, Natalie Wood, Joan Blondell
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Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls

(1932)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Moreau
Director:
Erle C. Kenton
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror
Star Cast:
Leila Hyams, Bela Lugosi, Alan Ladd, Richard Arlen
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The Suspect

The Suspect

(1944)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Philip
Director:
Robert Siodmak
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Stanley Ridges, Henry Daniell, Ella Raines, Dean Harens
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Tales of Manhattan

Tales of Manhattan

(1942)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Charles Smith
Director:
Julien Duvivier
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton
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Leben des Galilei

Leben des Galilei

(1947)
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As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Galileo Galilei
Director:
Joseph Losey, Ruth Berlau
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Hugo Haas, Peter Brocco, Stephen Brown, Frances Heflin
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Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day

(1943)
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As:
Cast
Director:
Edmund Goulding, Cedric Hardwicke, Frank Lloyd, Victor Saville, Robert Stevenson
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Buster Keaton, George Kirby, Doreen Munroe, May Beatty, Connie Leon
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The Old Dark House

The Old Dark House

(1932)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Sir William Porterhouse
Director:
James Whale
Genres:
Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Ernest Thesiger, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, Lilian Bond, Charles Laughton
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O. Henry's Full House

O. Henry's Full House

(1952)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Soapy (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Director:
Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco, Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway, Henry King
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anne Baxter, Marilyn Monroe, Farley Granger, Jeanne Crain
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Piccadilly
TV-PG

Piccadilly

(1929)
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As:
Cast
Director:
Ewald André Dupont
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Anna May Wong, Gilda Gray, Jameson Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, King Hou Chang
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The Private Life of Henry VIII.

The Private Life of Henry VIII.

(1933)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Henry VIII
Director:
Alexander Korda
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama, History, Comedy
Star Cast:
Miles Mander, Franklin Dyall, Robert Donat, Merle Oberon
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Rembrandt

Rembrandt

(1936)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Rembrandt
Director:
Alexander Korda
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Edward Chapman, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester, Walter Hudd
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If I Had a Million

If I Had a Million

(1932)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Phineas V. Lambert
Director:
Norman Taurog, William A. Seiter, Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Z. McLeod, H. Bruce Humberstone
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack Oakie, Gary Cooper, George Raft, Richard Bennett
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St. Martin's Lane

St. Martin's Lane

(1938)
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As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Charles Staggers
Director:
Tim Whelan
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Larry Adler, Tyrone Guthrie
Plot:

In this black and white comedy drama, Charles Staggers, a busker in London, comes across a pickpocket Libby. He spots her potential as a dancer and takes her under his wings. Later, he falls in love with her. Libby soon bags an opportunity to work with a famous theatre composer, Harley Prentiss, and thereafter climbs the ladder of success quickly. Meanwhile, Charles is heartbroken.

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Payment Deferred

Payment Deferred

(1932)
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As:
Cast
Role:
William Marble
Director:
Lothar Mendes
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Maureen O'Sullivan, Ray Milland, Dorothy Peterson, Verree Teasdale
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Because of Him

Because of Him

(1946)
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As:
Cast
Role:
John Sheridan
Director:
Richard Wallace
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Helen Broderick, Franchot Tone, Stanley Ridges, Deanna Durbin
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Blue Bottles

Blue Bottles

(1928)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Burglar
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Joe Beckett, Dorice Fordred, Marie Wright
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The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

(1944)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost
Director:
Norman Z. McLeod, Jules Dassin
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Reginald Owen, Robert Young, William Gargan, Margaret O'Brien
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The Barretts of Wimpole Street

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

(1934)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Edward Moulton-Barrett
Director:
Sidney Franklin
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Katharine Alexander, Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Laughton
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The Beachcomber

The Beachcomber

(1938)
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0
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Ginger Ted' Wilson
Director:
Erich Pommer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Tyrone Guthrie, Elsa Lanchester, Robert Newton, Eliot Makeham
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The Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross

(1932)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar
Director:
Cecil B. DeMille
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Ian Keith, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi, Charles Laughton
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Galileo
PG

Galileo

(1975)
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0
As:
Writer
Director:
Joseph Losey
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
John Gielgud, Colin Blakely, Clive Revill, Georgia Brown, Topol
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The Bribe

The Bribe

(1949)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
J.J. Bealer
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard, Vincente Minnelli
Genres:
Film-Noir, Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robert Taylor, Vincent Price, Ava Gardner, John Hodiak
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Young Bess

Young Bess

(1953)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
King Henry VIII
Director:
George Sidney
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Jean Simmons, Kay Walsh, Cecil Kellaway, Deborah Kerr
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Stand by for Action

Stand by for Action

(1942)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Rear Adm. Stephen Thomas
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
Drama, War, Action
Star Cast:
Walter Brennan, Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Marilyn Maxwell
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Under Ten Flags

Under Ten Flags

(1960)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Admiral Russell
Director:
Duilio Coletti
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Cecil Parker, Van Heflin, John Ericson, Mylène Demongeot
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The Paradine Case

The Paradine Case

(1947)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Judge Lord Thomas Horfield
Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Genres:
Crime, Romance, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Coburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Louis Jourdan, Ethel Barrymore
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Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

(1952)
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As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. William Kidd
Director:
Charles Lamont
Genres:
Musical, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Hillary Brooke, Bill Shirley
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The Strange Door

The Strange Door

(1951)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Sire Alain de Maletroit
Director:
Joseph Pevney
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest, Richard Wyler, William Cottrell
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Devil and the Deep

Devil and the Deep

(1932)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Cmdr. Charles Sturm
Director:
Marion Gering
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Tallulah Bankhead, Paul Porcasi
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They Knew What They Wanted

They Knew What They Wanted

(1940)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Tony Patucci
Director:
Garson Kanin
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Carole Lombard, Harry Carey, Frank Fay, William Gargan
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Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd

(1945)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. William Kidd
Director:
Rowland V. Lee
Genres:
Drama, History, Biography, Adventure
Star Cast:
Reginald Owen, Randolph Scott, John Carradine, Barbara Britton
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Arch of Triumph

Arch of Triumph

(1948)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Ivon Haake
Director:
Lewis Milestone
Genres:
Drama, Romance, War
Star Cast:
Charles Boyer, Louis Calhern, Ruth Warrick, Ingrid Bergman
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Passport to Destiny

Passport to Destiny

(1944)
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0
As:
Cast
Director:
Ray McCarey
Genres:
War, Comedy
Star Cast:
Fritz Feld, Elsa Lanchester, Lionel Royce, Lenore Aubert
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White Woman

White Woman

(1933)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Horace H. Prin
Director:
Stuart Walker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carole Lombard, Charles Bickford, Kent Taylor, Percy Kilbride
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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

(1939)
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0
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Genres:
Crime, Adventure
Star Cast:
Emlyn Williams, Maureen O'Hara, Horace Hodges, Hay Petrie
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0
The Man from Down Under

The Man from Down Under

(1943)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jocko Wilson
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Donna Reed, Richard Carlson, Binnie Barnes, Christopher Severn
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0
On Our Merry Way

On Our Merry Way

(1948)
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0
As:
Cast
Director:
King Vidor, John Huston, George Stevens, Leslie Fenton
Genres:
Music, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Fred MacMurray, Paulette Goddard
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The Tuttles of Tahiti

The Tuttles of Tahiti

(1942)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jonas
Director:
Charles Vidor
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Jon Hall, Gene Reynolds, Victor Francen, Peggy Drake
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The Girl from Manhattan

The Girl from Manhattan

(1948)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
The Bishop
Director:
Alfred E. Green
Genres:
Sport, Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ernest Truex, Hugh Herbert, William Frawley, Dorothy Lamour
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The Man on the Eiffel Tower

The Man on the Eiffel Tower

(1950)
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0
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Inspector Jules Maigret
Director:
Charles Laughton, Burgess Meredith, Irving Allen
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, Robert Hutton, Jean Wallace
Plot:

After the murder of a rich widow, Inspector Jules Maigret is called in to investigate. His investigations lead him to Johann Radek who has been paid by the widow’s nephew Bill Kirby to commit the murder. As Radek steps up his psychological game against Maigret, the chase for the murderer ends on top of the Eiffel Tower.  

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Salome

Salome

(1953)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
King Herod
Director:
William Dieterle
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Cedric Hardwicke, Rita Hayworth, Judith Anderson, Stewart Granger
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0
The Tonic

The Tonic

(1928)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Father of the Family
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Elsa Lanchester, Renee De Vaux
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0
Down River

Down River

(1931)
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0
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Grossman
Director:
Peter Godfrey
Genres:
Crime
Star Cast:
Harold Huth, Hartley Power, Jane Baxter, Kenneth Kove
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0

TV Movie(s)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(1959)
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0
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Hall
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Albert Finney, Michael Blakemore, Zoe Caldwell, David Buck
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0

TV Shows and Videos

Studio 57

Studio 57 (1954)

As:
Cast
Director:
Herschel Daugherty, Richard Irving, John English, Jules Bricken, Don Weis
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Bette Davis, Joel Aldrich, Charles Bronson, Vincent Price, Natalie Wood
Playhouse 90

Playhouse 90 (1956)

As:
Cast
Director:
John Frankenheimer, Franklin J. Schaffner, Ralph Nelson, Vincent J. Donehue, Arthur Hiller
Genres:
Romance, Mystery, War, Comedy, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Andy Griffith, Buster Keaton, Richard Joy, William Shatner, Burt Reynolds
Festival

Festival (1963)

As:
Writer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Judi Dench, Lee Grant, Cyril Cusack, Mary Ure, Diane Cilento
Checkmate

Checkmate (1960)

As:
Cast
Director:
Alexander Singer, Don Weis, Alan Crosland Jr., Don Taylor, Herschel Daugherty
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Doug McClure, Elizabeth Montgomery, Sebastian Cabot, Mary Tyler Moore
On Trial

On Trial (1956)

As:
Cast
Director:
Herschel Daugherty
Star Cast:
Joseph Cotten, Rod Steiger, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard
Wagon Train

Wagon Train (1957)

As:
Cast
Director:
Virgil W. Vogel, Joseph Pevney, Jerry Hopper, Allen H. Miner, Herschel Daugherty
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Bette Davis, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire
Ford Star Jubilee

Ford Star Jubilee (1955)

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Nickell, Franklin J. Schaffner, Noël Coward, Paul Harrison
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Lemmon, Julie Andrews, Bing Crosby, Roger Moore
General Electric Theater

General Electric Theater (1953)

As:
Cast
Director:
Herschel Daugherty, Don Medford, James Neilson, Jules Bricken, Mitchell Leisen
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Bette Davis, Ronald Reagan, Fred Astaire, James Dean, James Stewart

Charles Laughton Awards

Academy Awards
The Private Life of Henry VIII. Best Actor in a Leading Role 1934
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Documentary, Spoken Word, or Drama Recording (Other Than Comedy) 1963