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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

116 min - Romance, Drama, Horror - 29 December 1939
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King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool's Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars; Gringoire, Esmeralda's husband; and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.

Director:  William Dieterle
Stars:  Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien, Alan Marshal, Walter Hampden, Harry Davenport, Katharine Alexander, George Zucco, Fritz Leiber, Etienne Girardot, Helene Reynolds, Minna Gombell, Arthur Hohl, Curt Bois, George Tobias, Rod La Rocque, Spencer Charters, Kathryn Adams, Diane Hunter, Sig Arno, Eddie Abdo, Louis Adlon, George Barrows, Vangie Beilby, Lionel Belmore, Barlowe Borland, Gene Clark, Richard Clayton, Earl Clyde, Edmund Cobb, Alan Copeland, Harry Cording, Laura Hope Crews, Jack Curtis, Harold DeGarro, Eddie Dew, Dick Dickinson, Charles Drake

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King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool's Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars; Gringoire, Esmeralda's husband; and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.



Tagline: Impact! Power! Fire! Pathos! Drama!

Genres: Romance, Drama, Horror

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Language:  English
Release Date:  29 December 1939

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  RKO Radio Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 56 min

Academy Award Nominations

MUSIC (Scoring) — Alfred Newman
SOUND RECORDING — RKO Radio Studio Sound Department, John Aalberg, Sound Director


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