The film is based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Davis Grubb. Its plot focuses on a corrupt reverend turned serial killer who uses his charms to romance an unsuspecting widow in an attempt to steal a fortune hidden by the woman’s dead husband. The novel and film draw on the true story of Harry Powers, hanged in 1932 for the murders of two widows and three children in Clarksburg, West Virginia. One hour,33 minutes. Directed by the legendary Charles Laughton, starring Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish. Film and discussion hosted by Film Historian Dr. Robert Knoll. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Films in the Dawn of the Television Age: Films From the Fifties
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 pm