MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY
1935, Warner Bros. , 132 min, Dir: Frank Lloyd

The South Pacific, 1789. On the far side of the Earth from their home in England, the crew of the H.M.S. Bounty suffers under the sadistic leadership of its captain, William Bligh (Charles Laughton). Months from its return to port, the ship's first mate, Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable), realizes that many of the crewmembers will not survive the voyage unless he takes control of the ship. But his decision to mutiny means that none of the crew can ever return home in this enduring, true adventure filmed on location in Tahiti. Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Edited by Margaret Booth.


SALOME (1953)
1953, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

Rita Hayworth shines in the title role of this biblical epic, as the woman whose Dance of the Seven Veils bewitches King Herod (Charles Laughton) and costs John the Baptist (Alan Badel) his head. The film takes some liberties to paint Salome in a more sympathetic light but doesn’t skimp on spectacle, with costumes and production design befitting the glory days of Technicolor. With Judith Anderson, Cedric Hardwicke and Stewart Granger.


THE CANTERVILLE GHOST
1944, Warner Brothers, 95 min, Dir: Jules Dassin

This fantasy-comedy, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s first published short story, features one of Charles Laughton’s most delightful performances in the title role. When U.S. servicemen are stationed at the Canterville estate during WWII, one of them (Robert Young) learns he is a distant relative of the ghost that haunts the castle – and may be able to put him to rest with an act of bravery. With Margaret O'Brien.


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