This version is generally regarded as the finest film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel. In a banner year filled with classic motion pictures, William Dieterle’s film ranks with the best of them. Marking only the second appearance of 18-year-old Maureen O’Hara, it is the film debut of Edmond O’Brien. Charles Laughton’s moving performance as the tragic 15th-century bell ringer Quasimodo of the Notre Dame Cathedral (which was partially destroyed by fire this year) in love with the gypsy Esmeralda is moving and filled with pathos. Music by Alfred Newman. Nominated for two Academy Awards.
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