American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Laughton, Charles 1899-1962. British-born American actor whose many motion-picture roles include that of Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
- n. United States film actor (born in England) (1899-1962)
“Like diners who know the waiter sees them, but despair of luring him back to their table, actors make vague gestures in Laughton's direction but don't seem to have any real hope of engaging him.”
“O'HARA: And he could only remember -- and he called Laughton up and said, you're right.”
“Once upon a time there lived, at an old house in Hampshire called Laughton, a wealthy baronet named St. John.”
“Perhaps it was by chance that a variation on the medieval ferry-hailing term was used in these aqueous circumstances, but the dramatic hello attributed to Joe Laughton on September 18, 1827, is the first attestation of the word.”
“Other notables include the rotund Peter Ustinov providing comic relief as a cowardly slave-trader, and Charles Laughton, who lends gravitas as a senior Roman senator.”
“A 1939 sound version, starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara, is also very good.”
“But this remains Laughton's movie, with Moreau's sadism providing a dry run for the actor's defining role as Captain Bligh in "Mutiny on the Bounty" 1935.”
“The story uses a familiar horror template: A lone man (a serviceable Richard Arlen) finds himself stranded on an uncharted island, where a brilliant but demented scientist, Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton, incomparable), reigns supreme.”
“Though Sternberg made films as late as the early 1950s, there were no more comebacks after an aborted attempt in 1937 to film Robert Graves's "I, Claudius," with Charles Laughton in the title role and Merle Oberon as Messalina.”
“MGM's adaptation of the famous Nordhoff/ Hall book is given top shelf treatment here, with the sneering Laughton the definitive Bligh, and the studio's biggest star, Gable, playing Christian with gusto and notably, without either a British accent or his trademark mustache.”
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