Charles Laughton filmography

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These are the films of Charles Laughton:


Unless otherwise stated the films are U.S. productions in black and white.


Year Title Role Director Co-stars Notes and awards
1928 The Tonic Father of the Family Ivor Montagu Elsa Lanchester Filmed in England
Short, (film debut)
Daydreams Lecherous Boarder / Ram Das in Dream Sequence Ivor Montagu Elsa Lanchester Filmed in England
Blue Bottles Burglar Ivor Montagu Elsa Lanchester Filmed in England
1929 Piccadilly A Nightclub Diner Ewald André Dupont Gilda Gray, Jameson Thomas, Anna May Wong, Cyril Ritchard Filmed in England
1930 Comets Himself Sasha Geneen Elsa Lanchester Filmed in England
Wolves Captain Job Albert de Courville Dorothy Gish, Malcolm Keen Filmed in England
1931 Down River Captain Grossman Peter Godfrey Jane Baxter Filmed in England
1932 Devil and the Deep Commander Charles Sturm Marion Gering Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant
The Old Dark House Sir William Porterhouse James Whale Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart
Payment Deferred William Marble Lothar Mendes Neil Hamilton, Maureen O'Sullivan, Veree Teasdale, Ray Milland
If I Had A Million Phineas V. Lambert multipleI Gary Cooper, W.C. Fields, Charlie Ruggles, George Raft, Jack Oakie
The Sign of the Cross Emperor Nero Cecil B. DeMille Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi, Ian Keith
Island of Lost Souls Dr. Moreau Erle C. Kenton Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Kathleen Burke
1933 The Private Life of Henry VIII King Henry VIII Alexander Korda Binnie Barnes, Merle Oberon, Elsa Lanchester, Robert Donat Filmed in England
Academy Award for Best Actor
White Woman Horace H. Prin Stuart Walker Carole Lombard, Charles Bickford, Kent Taylor, Percy Kilbride
1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street Edward Moulton-Barrett Sidney Franklin Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Maureen O'Sullivan, Katherine Alexander
1935 Ruggles of Red Gap Marmaduke Ruggles Leo McCarey Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles, ZaSu Pitts, Roland Young, Leila Hyams
Les Misérables Inspector Javert Richard Boleslawski Fredric March, Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson, John Beal, Frances Drake
Mutiny on the Bounty Captain William Bligh Frank Lloyd Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Dudley Digges, Herbert Mundin, Donald Crisp, Eddie Quillan Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Actor
1936 Rembrandt Rembrandt van Rijn Alexander Korda Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester Filmed in England
1937 I, Claudius Claudius Josef von Sternberg Flora Robson, Emlyn Williams, Merle Oberon
1938 Vessel of Wrath Ginger "Ted" Wilson Erich Pommer Elsa Lanchester, Tyrone Guthrie, Robert Newton Produced by Laughton
Filmed in England
Released in the United States as The Beachcomber
St. Martin's Lane Charles Staggers Tim Whelan Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Larry Adler, Tyrone Guthrie Produced by Laughton
Filmed in England
Released in the United States as Sidewalks of London
1939 Jamaica Inn Sir Humphrey Pengallan Alfred Hitchcock Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks Produced by Laughton
Filmed in England;
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo William Dieterle Cedric Hardwicke, Maureen O'Hara, Thomas Mitchell, Edmond O'Brien
1940 They Knew What They Wanted Tony Patucci Garson Kanin Carole Lombard, William Gargan, Harry Carey, Frank Fay

^I Directed by James Cruze, H. Bruce Humberstone, Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Z. McLeod, Lothar Mendes, Stephen Roberts, William A. Seiter and Norman Taurog


Year Title Role Director Co-stars Notes and awards
1941 It Started with Eve Jonathan Reynolds Henry Koster Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings, Guy Kibbee
1942 The Tuttles of Tahiti Jonas Tuttle Charles Vidor Jon Hall, Peggy Drake, Victor Francen
Tales of Manhattan Charles Smith Julien Duvivier Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda
Stand By for Action Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas Robert Z. Leonard Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Marilyn Maxwell
1943 Forever and a Day Bellamy (Dexter's Butler) multipleII Brian Aherne, Merle Oberon, Ida Lupino, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith, Claude Rains, Robert Cummings, Anna Neagle, Roland Young, Ray Milland, Jessie Matthews, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Buster Keaton, Elsa Lanchester
This Land is Mine Albert Lory Jean Renoir Maureen O'Hara, George Sanders, Walter Slezak, Kent Smith
The Man From Down Under Jocko Wilson Robert Z. Leonard Binnie Barnes, Donna Reed, Richard Carlson
1944 Passport to Destiny Sergeant Major Henry Albert Muggins (photo) Ray McCarey Elsa Lanchester, Gordon Oliver, Lenore Aubert Uncredited
The Canterville Ghost Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost Jules Dassin
Norman Taurog
Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien, Peter Lawford, Una O'Connor, Reginald Owen
The Suspect Philip Marshall Robert Siodmak Ella Raines, Henry Daniell
1945 Captain Kidd Captain William Kidd Rowland V. Lee Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, John Carradine, Reginald Owen, Gilbert Roland
1946 Because of Him John Sheridan Richard Wallace Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Helen Broderick, Stanley Ridges
1947 The Paradine Case Judge Lord Thomas Horfield Alfred Hitchcock Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Coburn, Louis Jourdan, Ethel Barrymore
Leben des Galilei Galileo Galilei Ray McCarey Hugo Haas Collaborated on the translation of the play by Bertolt Brecht. A 30-minute 'short'.
1948 On Our Merry Way (originally A Miracle Can Happen) Reverend John B. Dunne King Vidor James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard Scenes cut in American release; replaced by Lamour sequence
Arch of Triumph Ivon Haake Lewis Milestone Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Louis Calhern, Michael Romanoff, J. Edward Bromberg
The Big Clock Earl Janoth John Farrow Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Elsa Lanchester, Rita Johnson
The Girl from Manhattan The Bishop Alfred E. Green Dorothy Lamour, George Montgomery, Ernest Truex, Hugh Herbert
1949 The Bribe J.J. Bealer Robert Z. Leonard Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Vincent Price, John Hodiak
The Man on the Eiffel Tower Inspector Jules Maigret Burgess Meredith
Charles Laughton
Irving Allen
Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, Jean Wallace Anscocolor


Year Title Role Director(s) Co-stars Notes and awards
1951 The Blue Veil Fred K. Begley Curtis Bernhardt Jane Wyman, Joan Blondell, Richard Carlson, Agnes Moorehead
The Strange Door Sire Alain de Maletroit Joseph Pevney Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest, Michael Pate
1952 O. Henry's Full House Soapy Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Jean Negulesco and Henry Koster Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, Richard Widmark, Dale Robertson, Anne Baxter, Fred Allen (segment "The Cop and the Anthem")
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Capt. William Kidd Charles Lamont Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Hillary Brooke SuperCinecolor
1953 Salome King Herod William Dieterle Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Judith Anderson, Cedric Hardwicke, Alan Badel Technicolor
Young Bess King Henry VIII George Sidney Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Kay Walsh Technicolor
1954 Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson David Lean John Mills, Brenda De Banzie, Daphne Anderson, Prunella Scales Filmed in England
1955 The Night of the Hunter Charles Laughton Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Billy Chapin, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves Directed by Laughton
1957 Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfrid Robarts Billy Wilder Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
1960 Sotto dieci bandiere Admiral Russell Duilio Coletti Van Heflin, Mylène Demongeot, John Ericson, Cecil Parker Filmed in Italy
Released in the United States as Under Ten Flags
Spartacus Sempronius Gracchus Stanley Kubrick Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov Super Technirama 70
1962 Advise & Consent Sen. Seabright Cooley Otto Preminger Henry Fonda, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Gene Tierney Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
(final film role)