The lecherous Chief Justice Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) gazes on a beautiful, gypsy girl, Esmeralda (Maureen O'Hara), and sends the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral Quasimodo (Charles Laughton) to catch her. But Quasimodo himself is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees Esmerelda and sentences Quasimodo to be flogged. Whilst Quasimodo is tied up in the square, only Esmeralda takes pity on him and gives him water. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus; but when Phoebus is found stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of his murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Only Quasimodo, can save her from the gallows...
Rings all the right bells
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame review by PT
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Everybody knows the story so I'm not going to bore you all to death with, once upon a time ....
Certain films just look stunning in black and white, this being one. The cinematography really catches the France imagined in the story.
Maureen O'Hara was born for this part, she is stupendous, a superstar of the old school of film stars. Laughton is also great as Quasimodo, the social outcast who falls in love with the kindly enchantress. That makes two of us Quasi.
I first seen this film when I was very young, and the images stayed with me, until I seen it several more times as an adult. Totally enchanting.