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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:
One of the best Hollywood movies ever See more (74 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 Whitney ... Fleur de Lys
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: Quasimodo (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: Quasimodo (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)
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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:
The movie was filmed during one of the hottest summers in recent history, with temperatures regularly topping 100 degrees as Charles Laughton laboured under the heavy makeup and costume. It was so hot at night, he had to sleep in wet sheets to keep cool, and the moisture usually evaporated within minutes. On top of that, he had to be at the studio by 4 a.m. each day to get into the makeup.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Near the end, in the king's chambers when meeting with Frollo and the Archdeacon, the boom mic shadow follows the king onto a book-stand, then when noticed, it is pulled back.See more »
Quotes:
Frollo:The press should be destroyed and the printer hanged for blasphemy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Ave MariaSee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Hollywood movies ever, 7 February 2003
Author: galensaysyes

This was my favorite movie as a kid, from the first time I saw it on TV in the third grade. The look and the atmosphere of it have lodged ineradicably in a corner of my mind ever since, and the rescue of Esmeralda from the gibbet was and probably still is my favorite scene in a Hollywood movie. I never got to see the movie theatrically until a few years ago, when Disney hosted a showing as an excuse to preview clips of its animated version (which is based on this movie more than on the novel). The movie probably played as strongly then as it had fifty years earlier, and I have no doubt it will play the same in another fifty years. Seeing it with an audience made me realize for the first time that it is Sir Cedric Hardwicke's movie, rather than Laughton's. He dominates the story, and commands the screen whenever he appears. Since the Hays Office prohibited showing a lubricious priest, the writers did something clever: they changed the character into Javert from Hugo's "Les Miserables," here promoted to chief prosecutor, and a hypocritically high-minded celibate: as Esmeralda puts it, he seems like a priest without being one. Hardwicke's performance is superbly subtle, and his character must be one of the most intimately despicable movie villains of all time. Laughton is terrific. too; his cadences on lines like "She gave me a drink of water" are classic. (When Mandy Patinkin played the part, he himself admitted that he was simply replaying Laughton's score and hoping he'd be able to hit all the notes.) As for Maureen O'Hara, if I came across a gypsy dancer like her I'd be moved to swing into the square and rescue her myself. And how can anyone not like Thomas Mitchell's beggar king? The only substantial fault in the playing, I think, is Harry Davenport's characterization of Louis XI, which is funny but more broadly written and played than what surrounds it.

Strangely, although this is more a horror film than the other versions of the novel and contains many frightening scenes, I never thought of it as belonging to that genre and I still don't. It's much more than that. I knew someone who called it Hollywood's finest hour; he can't have been far wrong.

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