Sehr schicke neue Folge von Trailer from Hell: Guillermo del Toro on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame ’39”. Meine persönliche Lieblingsversion ist zwar die 1956er mit Anthony Quinn und den grandiosen Farben, aber hauptsache Quasimodo.
RKO’s biggest budget film to date remains one of the finest literary adaptations ever, and is arguably Charles Laughton’s greatest screen role. His protege Maureen O’Hara never looked more stunning as the gypsy girl. Among the actors considered for Quasimodo were Orson Welles, Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Robert Morley and Lon Chaney Jr., whose father made an indelible impression in the earlier silent version. Cedric Hardwicke is creepy in the villain role intended for Basil Rathbone, and Edmond O’Brien is almost unrecognizably young and svelte in his first movie. This was the only picture shown at the first Cannes Film Festival, which was canceled when Hitler invaded Poland.