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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 29 December 1939 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Hunchback Quasimodo
... Frollo (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
... Clopin
... Esmeralda
... Gringoire
... Phoebus
... Archdeacon
... King Louis XI
... Madame de Lys
... Procurator
... Old Nobleman
... Doctor
... Fleur de Lys (as Helene Whitney)
... Queen of Beggars (as Mina Gombell)
... Olivier
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Storyline

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. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance

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29 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Victor Hugo's Immortal Classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$646,600, 31 January 1940
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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only movie screened at the very first Cannes Film Festival (the remainder of the festival was cancelled when Adolf Hitler invaded Poland on 1 September 1939). See more »

Goofs

In this story set in 15th century France, a character wears glasses kept in place with strings that loop around the ears. That type of eyeglasses was invented in Spain during the reign of Philip II in the 16th century. See more »

Quotes

Quasimodo, the bell-ringer: Ohh, you asked me why I saved you. I tried to carry you off, and the next day, you gave me a drink of water, and a little pity.
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Connections

Spoofed in Count Duckula: The Hunchbudgie of Notre Dame (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
(1572) (uncredited)
Music by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Sung by mixed chorus during opening credits
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Amazing
28 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I just have to say, the scene where Quasimodo rescues Esmerelda from the noose is probably the greatest cinematic moment I have ever been witness to. An absolutely amazing piece of work in an absolutely amazing movie. Charles Laughton could not possibly have played the Hunchback any better, and Maureen O'Hara is so lovely that you can not help but sympathize with every male character in the movie who can not possibly have her. An amazing piece of work.


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