TCM Movie of the Week: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

One of my favorite channels is TCM, Turner Classic Movies. There’s a simple reason for that, it’s one of the only channels that shows classic movies (that aren’t necessarily Westerns).

So I think it fitting that, since Vortex Effect now has its Classics Appreciation Wednesday, that I pick one movie each week to recommend watching on TCM.

As this is a Wednesday feature, the “week” runs from Wednesday to Tuesday.

This week, TCM is paying tribute to the late, great Maureen O’Hara with a marathon of her classic movies on Friday.

It just makes sense then that this week’s TCM Movie of the Week be an O’Hara film.

There are several good ones airing, but my recommendation for this week is the classic drama/romance/horror from 1939: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, one of her first films.

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.

Airing on TCM: Friday, November 20th @ 7pm CT.

Director: William Dieterle
Writer: Sonya Levien (screenplay), Victor Hugo (novel)
Starring: Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O’Hara, Edmond O’Brien
Studio: RKO Radio Pictures
Release Date: December 29, 1939
Runtime: 117 minutes


Memorable Scene:

Smith’s Sentiment: The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the classic pieces of literature, so of course that means it has seen its fair share of screen adaptations.

There was of course the silent version in the 1920s (the original), this one in 1939, and then of course the animated Disney version in 1996. There’s even another live action version (titled Esmeralda) in the works.

This one is a Hollywood classic though from the Golden Age. If you haven’t seen it before, or if it has just been awhile, I highly recommend you check it out when it comes on TCM this Friday.

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