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Charles Laughton would have been the first to admit that he had a face better suited to the radio than as a movie leading man, but he was such a talented actor that he still had one of the most prolific and respected careers in Hollywood.

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Charles LaughtonThat Clark Gable was one of the best looking things in Hollywood during the mid 1930s is beyond dispute. Naturally, producers wanted to emphasize this so that Gable would help to put audiences in seats across the country. How could they do this? The obvious way is to give him great roles to play and beautiful co-stars to play with. Another is to cast him opposite one of the most unattractive character players you can find. That tactic certainly worked in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) with Charles Laughton.

To say Charles Laughton was less than attractive may seem unkind, but it was a characteristic that the actor acknowledged and made the most of. Even that would have meant little if not for the fact that Laughton was also an incredibly brilliant and talented actor.

Laughton was born in in Scarborough, Yorkshire, in 1899, where his family owned a hotel. Charles worked in the hotel briefly before being sent to Stonyhurst College. It was expected that Charles would join and perhaps take over the family business after graduating, but two factors would block those plans. The first was the Great War, Laughton served with the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion and was gassed in France.

The other factor was that Charles discovered a love of acting while in college. After the War, he entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and made his professional debut at the Barnes Theatre in 1926. While appearing in Mr Prohack in 1927, he began a serious relationship with cast member Elsa Lanchester. Charles and Elsa were married in 1929, and would act together on several occasions, both on stage and screen.

Elsa and Charles began their film careers in a trio of short silent films which H.G. Welles had written especially for Elsa, Daydreams, Blue Bottles and The Tonic, all shot in 1927. Laughton made his North American debut in 1931 at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway, and almost immediately offers from Hollywood began rolling in. His first American film was The Old Dark House (1932) with Boris Karloff, and in 1933 he starred in The Private Life of Henry VIII with Elsa. Filmed in Britain, it would be the first non-Hollywood film to win an Academy Award, Laughton winning the Oscar for Best Actor, and the film was nominated for Best Picture. Laughton would reprise the role in Young Bess (1953).

LaughtonHis success in Henry VIII helped to establish Laughton as a leading interpreter of historic and costume roles, and he was often type cast as arrogant, unscrupulous characters. This led to his role as Captain William Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable, and as Quasimodo in RKO's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). Laughton was less than enthused to accept the Hunchback role, perhaps due to his own less than attractive appearance the character hit a little close to home. However, the RKO offer came when Laughton's production company was in dire straits and he needed the money.

Laughton's mellifluous speaking voice made him a natural for radio, and like many movie actors he made the rounds of Lux Radio Theater, Theatre Guild of the Air and Gulf Screen Guild Theater in support of his films. He was also a popular guest on Suspense. In an interesting episode of “radio's outstanding theater of thrills”, Laughton reprised his role of Captain Bligh. Where Mutiny on the Bounty was filled with historical inaccuracies (as expected for a movie based on a novel about history rather than history itself), the “Revenge of Captain Bligh” script for Suspense was based on William Bligh's own logs. Laughton would also show considerable comedic talent on Sealtest Variety Theater, Duffy's Tavern, The Alan Young Show and The Charlie McCarthy Show.

After enjoying moderate success as a stage director, Laughton directed one film, The Night of the Hunter (1955), starring Robert Mitchum. The edgy film is based on the true story of a serial killer and pays homage to the German expressionist filmmakers of the 1920's. In retrospect, the film has been recognized as one of the best films of the 1950's, and many in the cast said that Laughton's style and willingness to listen to input from his actors made it their favorite Hollywood experience. However, the film was not a commercial success at the time of its release, and the only movie Charles Laughton directed.

Charles and Elsa remained married for the rest of his life. The couple did not have children, there is speculation that this is due to Laughton's bisexuality, although there is also evidence that Elsa was not able to conceive. Charles Laughton died in December 15, 1962, from cancer of the kidneys at the age of 63. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd honors Charles Laughton's contributions to Motion Pictures.

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    1. Academy Award Theater 460608 Ruggles Of Red Gap.mp3
    2. Alan Young Show 460322 084 Housing Shortage.mp3
    3. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 1.mp3
    4. Bergen Mccarthy 400421 Charles Laughton.mp3
    5. Bergen Mccarthy 641115 Chase And Sanborn 100th Anniversary.mp3
    6. Birds Eye Open House 440629 Charles Laughton.mp3
    7. Birds Eye Open House 441116 047 Charles Laughton.mp3
    8. Birds Eye Open House 460103 092 Arent You Glad Youre You.mp3
    9. Burns And Allen 430209 19 Cast Your Ballot.mp3
    10. Burns And Allen 431221 17 Playing Santa Claus.mp3
    11. Cavalcade Of America 420831 Prophet Without Honor.mp3
    12. Cavalcade Of America 441113 Laziest Man In World.mp3
    13. Cavalcade Of America 450326 Grandpa And Statue.mp3
    14. Cavalcade Of America 460916 General Benjamin Franklin.mp3
    15. Cavalcade Of America 500103 Incomparable Doctor.mp3
    16. Cavalcade Of America 530210 Operation Miracle.mp3
    17. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391008 Charles Laughton.mp3
    18. Christmas Shows Collection 491221 Littlest Angel.mp3
    19. Columbia Presents Corwin 450821 Case Of Gumpert.mp3
    20. Columbia Workshop 410824 Old Testament Trilogy Part 3.mp3
    21. Columbia Workshop 440613 American Trilogy 2 Wolfiana.mp3
    22. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special.mp3
    23. Duffys Tavern 440418 126 Charles Laughton.mp3
    24. Filler 12 Mutiny On Bounty 1935 Laughton Clark Gable.mp3
    25. Forecast 400819 Ever After And To Tim At Twenty.mp3
    26. Fred 421004 Charles Laughton.mp3
    27. Ft 481229 098 Juggler Of Our Lady.mp3
    28. Hedda Hopper Show 450430 X Charles Laughton.mp3
    29. Kraft Music Hall 480212 For Me And My Gal Charles Laughton.mp3
    30. Lux 390710 Ruggles Of Red Gap C.ruggles C.laughton.mp3
    31. Lux 400212 Sidewalks Of London C.laughton Elsa Lanchester.mp3
    32. Lux 440424 This Land Is Mine C.laughton M.osullivan.mp3
    33. Lux 441120 It Started With Eve C.laughton Susanna Foster.mp3
    34. Lux 450409 Suspect Charles Laughton Ella Raines.mp3
    35. Lux 450618 Canterville Ghost C.laughton M.obrien G.mohr.mp3
    36. Lux Radio 540510 880 Holy Matrimony.mp3
    37. Magic Key 361115 058 Rembrandt.mp3
    38. Medicine Usa 520229 Medicine Usa.mp3
    39. Mitch Miller Show 610720.mp3
    40. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440315 08 Charles Laughton.mp3
    41. Over Here 430102 Charles Laughton.mp3
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    2. Royal Gelatin Hour 370506 Charles Laughton.mp3
    3. Rudy Vallee 420319 106 [sealtest] J. Kitchen Utensils Barrym.mp3
    4. Screen Guild Theater 391112 030 Beachcomber.mp3
    5. Screen Guild Theater 430308 134 Stand By For Action.mp3
    6. Screen Guild Theater 440313 187 Tuttles Of Tahiti.mp3
    7. Screen Guild Theater 451217 Ruggles Of Red Gap.mp3
    8. Sealtest Variety Theater 490602 036 Charles Laughton.mp3
    9. Studio One 471125 Payment Deferred.mp3
    10. Studio One 480427 South Riding.mp3
    11. Suspense 430518 Abc Murders.mp3
    12. Suspense 431216 Wet Saturday.mp3
    13. Suspense 440810 Man Who Knew How.mp3
    14. Suspense 441123 Fountain Plays.mp3
    15. Suspense 480805 An Honest Man.mp3
    16. Suspense 490210 Demortuis.mp3
    17. Suspense 490929 Blind Date.mp3
    18. Suspense 510917 Neal Cream Doctor Of Poison.mp3
    19. Suspense 520922 Jack Ketch.mp3
    20. Suspense 540517 Revenge Of Captain Bligh.mp3
    21. Texaco Star Theater 421004 01 First 30 Minute Show.mp3
    22. Theater Guild On Air 460512 036 Payment Deferred.mp3
    23. Theater Guild On Air 471130 094 Old English.mp3
    24. Theater Guild On Air 490227 145 Payment Deferred.mp3
    25. Theater Guild On Air 520525 116 Bishop Misbehaves.mp3
    26. UNR 500000 Document A777.mp3
    27. Vallee Varieties 410424 060 Charles Laughton.mp3
    28. Vallee Varieties 420319 106 Charles Laughton.mp3
    29. Your Radio Almanac 440315 08 Charles Laughton.mp3
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    2. Alan Young Show 460322 084 Housing Shortage.mp3
    3. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 1.mp3
    4. Bergen Mccarthy 400421 Charles Laughton.mp3
    5. Bergen Mccarthy 641115 Chase And Sanborn 100th Anniversary.mp3
    6. Birds Eye Open House 440629 Charles Laughton.mp3
    7. Birds Eye Open House 441116 047 Charles Laughton.mp3
    8. Birds Eye Open House 460103 092 Arent You Glad Youre You.mp3
    9. Burns And Allen 430209 19 Cast Your Ballot.mp3
    10. Burns And Allen 431221 17 Playing Santa Claus.mp3
    11. Cavalcade Of America 420831 Prophet Without Honor.mp3
    12. Cavalcade Of America 441113 Laziest Man In World.mp3
    13. Cavalcade Of America 450326 Grandpa And Statue.mp3
    14. Cavalcade Of America 460916 General Benjamin Franklin.mp3
    15. Cavalcade Of America 500103 Incomparable Doctor.mp3
    16. Cavalcade Of America 530210 Operation Miracle.mp3
    17. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391008 Charles Laughton.mp3
    18. Christmas Shows Collection 491221 Littlest Angel.mp3
    19. Columbia Presents Corwin 450821 Case Of Gumpert.mp3
    20. Columbia Workshop 410824 Old Testament Trilogy Part 3.mp3
    21. Columbia Workshop 440613 American Trilogy 2 Wolfiana.mp3
    22. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special.mp3
    23. Duffys Tavern 440418 126 Charles Laughton.mp3
    24. Filler 12 Mutiny On Bounty 1935 Laughton Clark Gable.mp3
    25. Forecast 400819 Ever After And To Tim At Twenty.mp3
    26. Fred 421004 Charles Laughton.mp3
    27. Ft 481229 098 Juggler Of Our Lady.mp3
    28. Hedda Hopper Show 450430 X Charles Laughton.mp3
    29. Kraft Music Hall 480212 For Me And My Gal Charles Laughton.mp3
    30. Lux 390710 Ruggles Of Red Gap C.ruggles C.laughton.mp3
    31. Lux 400212 Sidewalks Of London C.laughton Elsa Lanchester.mp3
    32. Lux 440424 This Land Is Mine C.laughton M.osullivan.mp3
    33. Lux 441120 It Started With Eve C.laughton Susanna Foster.mp3
    34. Lux 450409 Suspect Charles Laughton Ella Raines.mp3
    35. Lux 450618 Canterville Ghost C.laughton M.obrien G.mohr.mp3
    36. Lux Radio 540510 880 Holy Matrimony.mp3
    37. Magic Key 361115 058 Rembrandt.mp3
    38. Medicine Usa 520229 Medicine Usa.mp3
    39. Mitch Miller Show 610720.mp3
    40. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440315 08 Charles Laughton.mp3
    41. Over Here 430102 Charles Laughton.mp3
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    4. Screen Guild Theater 391112 030 Beachcomber.mp3
    5. Screen Guild Theater 430308 134 Stand By For Action.mp3
    6. Screen Guild Theater 440313 187 Tuttles Of Tahiti.mp3
    7. Screen Guild Theater 451217 Ruggles Of Red Gap.mp3
    8. Sealtest Variety Theater 490602 036 Charles Laughton.mp3
    9. Studio One 471125 Payment Deferred.mp3
    10. Studio One 480427 South Riding.mp3
    11. Suspense 430518 Abc Murders.mp3
    12. Suspense 431216 Wet Saturday.mp3
    13. Suspense 440810 Man Who Knew How.mp3
    14. Suspense 441123 Fountain Plays.mp3
    15. Suspense 480805 An Honest Man.mp3
    16. Suspense 490210 Demortuis.mp3
    17. Suspense 490929 Blind Date.mp3
    18. Suspense 510917 Neal Cream Doctor Of Poison.mp3
    19. Suspense 520922 Jack Ketch.mp3
    20. Suspense 540517 Revenge Of Captain Bligh.mp3
    21. Texaco Star Theater 421004 01 First 30 Minute Show.mp3
    22. Theater Guild On Air 460512 036 Payment Deferred.mp3
    23. Theater Guild On Air 471130 094 Old English.mp3
    24. Theater Guild On Air 490227 145 Payment Deferred.mp3
    25. Theater Guild On Air 520525 116 Bishop Misbehaves.mp3
    26. UNR 500000 Document A777.mp3
    27. Vallee Varieties 410424 060 Charles Laughton.mp3
    28. Vallee Varieties 420319 106 Charles Laughton.mp3
    29. Your Radio Almanac 440315 08 Charles Laughton.mp3
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    total playtime 41 hours, 57 min

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    1. Filler 12 Mutiny On Bounty 1935 Laughton Clark Gable

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    1. Magic Key 361115 058 Rembrandt

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    1. Lux 390710 Ruggles Of Red Gap C.ruggles C.laughton

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    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 391008 Charles Laughton

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    1. Screen Guild Theater 391112 030 Beachcomber

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    1. Lux 400212 Sidewalks Of London C.laughton Elsa Lanchester

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    1. Bergen Mccarthy 400421 Charles Laughton
    2. Forecast 400819 Ever After And To Tim At Twenty

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    1. America Calling 410208 Salute To Greece Part 1

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    1. Vallee Varieties 410424 060 Charles Laughton
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    1. Rudy Vallee 420319 106 [sealtest] J. Kitchen Utensils Barrym
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    1. Cavalcade Of America 420831 Prophet Without Honor
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    1. Texaco Star Theater 421004 01 First 30 Minute Show

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    1. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special

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    1. Over Here 430102 Charles Laughton
    2. Burns And Allen 430209 19 Cast Your Ballot

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    1. Screen Guild Theater 430308 134 Stand By For Action
    2. Suspense 430518 Abc Murders

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    1. Suspense 431216 Wet Saturday
    2. Burns And Allen 431221 17 Playing Santa Claus

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    1. Screen Guild Theater 440313 187 Tuttles Of Tahiti
    2. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440315 08 Charles Laughton

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    1. Your Radio Almanac 440315 08 Charles Laughton
    2. Duffys Tavern 440418 126 Charles Laughton

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    1. Lux 440424 This Land Is Mine C.laughton M.osullivan

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    1. Columbia Workshop 440613 American Trilogy 2 Wolfiana
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    1. Suspense 440810 Man Who Knew How
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    1. Birds Eye Open House 441116 047 Charles Laughton

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    1. Lux 441120 It Started With Eve C.laughton Susanna Foster

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    1. Suspense 441123 Fountain Plays
    2. Cavalcade Of America 450326 Grandpa And Statue

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    1. Lux 450409 Suspect Charles Laughton Ella Raines

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    1. Hedda Hopper Show 450430 X Charles Laughton

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    1. Lux 450618 Canterville Ghost C.laughton M.obrien G.mohr

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    1. Columbia Presents Corwin 450821 Case Of Gumpert
    2. Screen Guild Theater 451217 Ruggles Of Red Gap

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    1. Birds Eye Open House 460103 092 Arent You Glad Youre You
    2. Alan Young Show 460322 084 Housing Shortage

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    1. Theater Guild On Air 460512 036 Payment Deferred

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    1. Academy Award Theater 460608 Ruggles Of Red Gap
    2. Cavalcade Of America 460916 General Benjamin Franklin

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    1. Studio One 471125 Payment Deferred

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    1. Theater Guild On Air 471130 094 Old English

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    Charles Laughton Disc A035

    1. Kraft Music Hall 480212 For Me And My Gal Charles Laughton

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    1. Studio One 480427 South Riding

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    Charles Laughton Disc A037

    1. Suspense 480805 An Honest Man
    2. Ft 481229 098 Juggler Of Our Lady

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    Charles Laughton Disc A038

    1. Suspense 490210 Demortuis

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    1. Theater Guild On Air 490227 145 Payment Deferred

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    1. Sealtest Variety Theater 490602 036 Charles Laughton
    2. Suspense 490929 Blind Date

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    Charles Laughton Disc A041

    1. Christmas Shows Collection 491221 Littlest Angel

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    Charles Laughton Disc A042

    1. UNR 500000 Document A777

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    1. Cavalcade Of America 500103 Incomparable Doctor
    2. Suspense 510917 Neal Cream Doctor Of Poison

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    1. Medicine Usa 520229 Medicine Usa

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    1. Theater Guild On Air 520525 116 Bishop Misbehaves

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    1. Suspense 520922 Jack Ketch
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    1. Lux Radio 540510 880 Holy Matrimony

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    1. Suspense 540517 Revenge Of Captain Bligh
    2. Recollections At 30 570306 Dinah Shores Debut

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    Charles Laughton Disc A049

    1. Mitch Miller Show 610720
    2. Bergen Mccarthy 641115 Chase And Sanborn 100th Anniversary

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