The Night of the HunterThe Night of the Hunter
is a 1955 film noir
in which the former cellmate of a man who has committed murder for money stalks the murderer's family in order to find the money. It stars Robert Mitchum
, Shelley Winters
, Lillian Gish
, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce and Gloria Castillo.
The movie was adapted by James Agee and Charles Laughton (uncredited) from the novel of the same name by Davis Grubb. It was directed by Laughton and has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry..
- Ah, little lad, you're staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E! It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E! You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man. The right hand, friends, the hand of love. Now watch, and I'll show you the story of life. Those fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warring and a-tugging, one agin t'other. Now watch 'em! Old brother left hand, left hand he's a fighting, and it looks like love's a goner. But wait a minute! Hot dog, love's a winning! Yessirree! It's love that's won, and old left hand hate is down for the count!
- (This quote is repeated almost verbatim by the character Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's film Do the Right Thing. RR also has the L-O-V-E & H-A-T-E tattoos.)