The Night of the Hunter script
Synopsis: The Rev. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is a religious fanatic and serial killer who targets women who use their sexuality to attract men. Serving time in prison for car theft, he meets condemned murderer Ben Harper (Peter Graves), who confesses to hiding $10,000 in stolen loot. Released from jail, Powell is obsessed with finding the money, and he tracks down Harper's widow, Willa (Shelley Winters), and her two children, John (Billy Chapin) and Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce).

He nods, smiles, and touches his hat. We see a farm couple

in a poor wagon.

PREACHER:

You say the word, and I'm on my way.

LAP DISSOLVE TO:

CLOSE SHOT -- PREACHER DRIVING

He brakes his car in a small riverside town; then proceeds.

PREACHER:

You always send me money to go forth

and preach your Word.

A widow with a little wad of bills hidden away in the sugar-

bowl.

LAP DISSOLVE TO:

CLOSE SHOT -- PREACHER DRIVING

He shifts into second gear, climbing a steep little hill.

PREACHER:

I am tired. Sometimes I wonder if

you really understand.

(pause)

Not that you mind the killin's...

The stones of a country graveyard gleam in the last daylight.

PREACHER:

Yore Book is full of killin's.

He starts fast and noisily down a steep hill.

PREACHER:

But there are things you do hate,

Lord:
perfume-smellin' things --

lacy things -- things with curly

hair --

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James Agee

James Rufus Agee (November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was an American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the author a posthumous 1958 Pulitzer Prize. more…

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