The only feature directed by actor Charles Laughton, Night of the Hunter was a bomb on original release, but has since garnered a following for its expressionistic style, menacing and dreamlike tone, and Robert Mitchum's performance as one of the great screen villains.
The director Charles Laughton was so disappointed by the films initial critical and commercial reception that he vowed never to make another movie again, and he never did.
Ah, little lad, you're staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E! It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E! You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man. The right hand, friends, the hand of love. Now watch, and I'll show you the story of life. Those fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warring and a-tugging, one agin t'other. Now watch 'em! Old brother left hand, left hand he's a fighting, and it looks like love's a goner. But wait a minute! Hot dog, love's a winning! Yessirree! It's love that's won, and old left hand hate is down for the count!