The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) (1939) (3/4)

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The

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 Quasimoto to catch her. Quasimoto, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimoto 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 the Husband of Esmeralda, and Quasimoto, the bell ringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.
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Directed by: William Dieterle
The cast includes: Charles Laughton (Quasimodo), Cedric Hardwicke (Frollo), Thomas Mitchell (Clopin), Maureen O'Hara (Esmeralda), Edmond O'Brien (Gringoire), Alan Marshal (Phoebus)
MPAA rating: , Running time: 117 minutes
Presented in: BW
Awards: (1939) Academy - Best Score (nom) - Alfred Newman
(1939) Academy - Best Sound (nom) - Aalberg, John
Related titles: Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1923)

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