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The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- Considered by many as the greatest adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic novel about the deformed bell ringer of Notre Dame who
rescues a beautiful gypsy woman and falls in love with her.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.

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Director:
Writers:
Sonya Levien (screen play)
Bruno Frank (adaptation)
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Release Date:
29 December 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Impact ! Power ! Pathos ! Drama ! See more »
Plot:
In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
A Fine Adaptation With Laughton, O'Hara, & More See more (76 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... The Hunchback / Quasimodo

Cedric Hardwicke ... Frollo (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Thomas Mitchell ... Clopin

Maureen O'Hara ... Esmeralda

Edmond O'Brien ... Gringoire
Alan Marshal ... Phoebus
Walter Hampden ... Archdeacon

Harry Davenport ... King Louis XI
Katharine Alexander ... Madame de Lys
George Zucco ... Procurator
Fritz Leiber ... Old Nobleman
Etienne Girardot ... Doctor
Helene Reynolds ... Fleur de Lys (as Helene Whitney)
Minna Gombell ... Queen of Beggars (as Mina Gombell)
Arthur Hohl ... Olivier
Curt Bois ... Student

George Tobias ... Beggar

Rod La Rocque ... Phillippe (as Rod LaRocque)
Spencer Charters ... Court Clerk
Kathryn Adams ... Fleur's Companion
Diane Hunter ... Fleur's Companion (as Dianne Hunter)
Sig Arno ... Tailor (as Siegfried Arno)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Abdo ... Singer (uncredited)
Louis Adlon ... Venus (uncredited)
George Barrows ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Contestant (uncredited)
Lionel Belmore ... Judge at Esmeralda's Trial (uncredited)
Barlowe Borland ... Dubois (uncredited)
Gene Clark ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Clayton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Earl Clyde ... Juggler (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Soldier (uncredited)
Alan Copeland ... Choirboy (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Guard (uncredited)
Laura Hope Crews ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harold DeGarro ... Stilt Walker (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dick Dickinson ... Wooden-Leg Man (uncredited)
Charles Drake ... Young Priest (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac ... Mars (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Soldier (uncredited)
Gretl Dupont ... Lissy (uncredited)
James Fawcett ... Festival Ball-Walker (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Fleischmann ... Minor Role (uncredited)
J.C. Fowler ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Thom Fox ... Jupiter (uncredited)
Vallejo Gantner ... Merchant (uncredited)
Peter Godfrey ... Monk (uncredited)
Alexander Granach ... Soldier (uncredited)
Edward Groag ... Moon (uncredited)
Laurie Hale ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Mercury (uncredited)
Charles Halton ... Printer (uncredited)
Rondo Hatton ... Ugly Man (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Short Fat Soldier (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Deaf Judge (uncredited)
Billy Jones ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cy Kendall ... Nobleman Signing Petition (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Esmeralda's Hangman (uncredited)
Louis King ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
John Laing ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Beggar (uncredited)
Jack Lawrence ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Elmo Lincoln ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ray Long ... Festival Skeleton Dancer (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joseph P. Mack ... Workman in Play (uncredited)
Frank Mazzola ... Child Extra (uncredited)
Margaret McWade ... Younger Sister (uncredited)
Consuelo Melendez ... Singer (uncredited)
Frederic Mellinger ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Victor Metzetti ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Millett ... Count Graville (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Beggar (uncredited)
Angela Mulinos ... Helene (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Whipper (uncredited)
Lillian Nicholson ... DeLys' Servant (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Man in Street When Gypsies Arrive (uncredited)
Gail Patrick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eleanor Pellapreau ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Madeleine (uncredited)
Antonio Pina ... Ladder Man (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Second 'Ugly Man' Contestant (uncredited)
Elsie Prescott ... Contestant (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Butcher (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Knight (uncredited)
Charles Schaeffer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Saturn (uncredited)
Margaret Seddon ... Older Sister (uncredited)
Ward Shattuck ... Festival Juggler (uncredited)
Alan Spear ... Festival Contortionist (uncredited)
Walter O. Stahl ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rudolf Steinboeck ... Peasant in Play (uncredited)
Anne G. Sterling ... Gypsy Girl (uncredited)

George Suzanne ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Louis Valaris ... Tightrope Man (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Noble (uncredited)
Harry Weil ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mary Lou Wentz ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gisela Werbisek ... Grandmother (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Louis Williams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Louis Zamperini ... Street Urchin (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dieterle 
 
Writing credits
Sonya Levien (screen play)

Bruno Frank (adaptation)

Victor Hugo  (as Victor Hugo's)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (original composition by)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (edited by)
Robert Wise (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
George Bau .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Mel Berns .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Perc Westmore .... special makeup effects artist: Charles Laughton's Quasimodo makeup (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Killy .... assistant director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director
John Pommer .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred Herman .... associate art director (as Al Herman)
Chesley Bonestell .... background paintings (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Stunts
Marie Bodie .... stunt double: Maureen O'Hara (uncredited)
Joe Bonomo .... stunt double: Lon Chaney (uncredited)
Archie Butler .... stunt double: Alan Marshal (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunt double: Charles Laughton (uncredited)
George DeNormand .... stunt double: Rod La Rocque (uncredited)
James Fawcett .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perrin .... stunt double: Rod La Rocque (uncredited)
Ione Reed .... stunt double: Maureen O'Hara (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
George Suzanne .... stunts (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent .... stunt double: Charles Laughton (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical adaptation
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ernst Toch .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Peter Berneis .... assistant: Mr. Dieterle
Ernst Matray .... dance director
Will Price .... dialogue director
Louis Van der Ecker .... technical advisor (as Louis Vandenecker)
Ray Atchley .... stand-in (uncredited)
Michael Audley .... assistant: Mr. Dieterle (uncredited)
George Bax .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bill Brennan .... stand-in (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stand-in (uncredited)
Murray Darcy .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ned Davenport .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rudi Feld .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Edna Marisle .... stand-in (uncredited)
Frank Mills .... stand-in (uncredited)
Gale Mogul .... stand-in (uncredited)
Grace Moody .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jack Paul .... stand-in (uncredited)
Carda Rae .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rada Rae .... stand-in (uncredited)
David Robel .... dance director (uncredited)
Sue Shannon .... stand-in (uncredited)
Hope Taylor .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Victor Hugo's Immortal Classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
117 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1985) (1998) (2006) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #5504) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Joyce Gardner was originally slated to play the role of Fleur, but a scheduling conflict prevented her appearance.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Cathedral is shown as having a full flight of steps up to the front doors. Notre Dame has always been more or less level with the square (le Parvis).See more »
Quotes:
Clopin:[to Gringoire immediately following flogging of Quasimodo] Never trust a man with pinched nostrils and thin lips.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ave MariaSee more »

FAQ

How does it end?
How closely does the movie follow the novel?
When was Notre Dame Cathedral built?
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Fine Adaptation With Laughton, O'Hara, & More, 5 October 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Charles Laughton's boisterous portrayal of Quasimodo and Maureen O'Hara's charm as Esmerelda are two of the things that make this version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" a fine production that still works very well. Most of the versions of the story have been at least watchable, because the Victor Hugo novel provides so much good material to work with, much of it well-suited for cinema. This adaptation, though, is one of the best at making good use of what it offers.

It's interesting to compare this picture with the 1923 Lon Chaney version - not for the sake of ranking them, since both are fully worthy of attention in their own right, but because they offer somewhat different strengths, and because they emphasize somewhat different aspects of the story.

Chaney and Laughton are both quite effective as Quasimodo, each giving an interpretation of the character that corresponds to the actor's skills. Laughton brings out Quasimodo's feelings and perspective quite well. In this version, for example, the flogging scene is longer and more detailed, and it is one of Laughton's most effective scenes. Chaney is particularly good at reacting to the other characters and their actions. Both give the character a distinctive and memorable look.

O'Hara is also one of this adaptation's strengths. Patsy Ruth Miller was good in the Chaney version, but O'Hara has the advantage of spoken dialogue, and she makes the character of Esmerelda her own.

While the Chaney version especially emphasized the atmosphere, this one has quite a bit of action. The tumultuous climactic sequences are done quite well, and they leave a vivid impression. Overall, this is a very satisfying adaptation of the fine classic novel.

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