The Night of the Hunter Return of the Big Bad Wolf

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I have recently seen this movie at a film festival and loved it so much. And to my surprise, this is one is going to show in Dish Network this week. Let me share something about this wonderful movie.

Synopsis: When Ben Harper is arrested for murder and robbery, only his children, John and Pearl, know where he has hidden the stolen money. He is found guilty and condemned to death. His cell mate is the itinerant preacher Harry Powell, who has been imprisoned for thirty days for stealing a car. Because Ben talks in his sleep, the Preacher learns of the money, but not where it is hidden.

On his release, he visits Benís home, purporting to be a former prison clergyman whose work brought him into contact with Ben. He insinuates himself into the family by courting Benís widow, Willa. The matchmaking is encouraged by Icey, who runs the local ice cream parlor with her husband, Walt. The Preacher marries Willa. In spite of his indifference towards her, she is drawn to his evangelical brand of religion. Pearl likes her stepfather, but John is wary. The Preacher separates the children and threatens Pearl in his quest for the stolen money. When he discovers that Willa has overheard him, his wifeís fate is sealed. He pretends that she has left him in the night, taking his car.

Uncle Birdie is fishing when he discovers her body in the submerged car, but he is afraid of being accused of her murder and does nothing. By threatening John, the Preacher gets Pearl to admit that the money is hidden in her doll. The children escape their tormentor and flee in a boat, taking the doll with them. Their journey lasts several days. The boat drifts into reeds, where the youngsters are found by Rachel Cooper, who takes in unwanted children. The Preacher is searching for John and Pearl in the neighboring town when he encounters Gloria, one of the older girls who live with Miss Cooper. He poses as a suitor until Gloria reveals where John and Pearl are staying.

He insinuates himself into the family by courting Benís widow, Willa. The matchmaking is encouraged by Icey, who runs the local ice cream parlor with her husband, Walt. The Preacher marries Willa. In spite of his indifference towards her, she is drawn to his evangelical brand of religion. Pearl likes her stepfather, but John is wary. The Preacher separates the children and threatens Pearl in his quest for the stolen money. When he discovers that Willa has overheard him, his wifeís fate is sealed. He pretends that she has left him in the night, taking his car.

Miss Cooper becomes suspicious when he comes to collect them and she threatens him with a gun. When he returns that night, she shoots at him. He shelters in her barn, where the state troopers find him the next morning. At his trial, he is sentenced to hang for Willaís murder. Icey and Walt, who were so much on his side, are the first to denounce him. The children remain with Miss Cooper.


By: Francis David


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