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Charles Laughton


When it comes to actors with a huge presence, Charles Laughton was unmistakably a heavyweight. Theatrically trained, the West End led to Broadway and then eventually Hollywood. He made a huge impression in films such as The Private Life of Henry VIII, Mutiny on the Bounty, Jamaica Inn and The Big Clock. The latter, directed …

Whilst Charles Laughton is now probably best-known for the only film he directed, Night of the Hunter, he was a versatile an indominable stage and screen actor. He made over fifty films across five decades and is probably best known for his performances in The Private Life of Henry VIII, Hobson’s Choice, Mutiny on the …

Whilst he railed against being typecast as a horror director, James Whale is unquestionable one of the most important pioneers of genre cinema. He virtually (re)invented Gothic Horror and had a huge influence on directors in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, his depiction of Mary Shelley’s macabre creation in the 1931 film Frankenstein is the …