Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #7



In this TURN IT OFF WITH TRACY double feature, we find out how far Tracy gets into 1961’s British ghost story THE INNOCENTS, followed by Robert Mitchum in 1955’s THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER!

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11 responses to “Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #7

  1. I’ve never seen The Innocents but will do so now. As for Night of the Hunter, it’s one of my all-time favorites and I used to screen it for my undergrad film course. We at Bowling Green State University have a special affection for Lillian Gish. She didn’t attend BGSU but was a key benefactor. She helped establish the Lillian and Dorothy Gish Film Theater that is still going strong. We are also home to an archive on both Gish sisters that is available to the public and film historians. A few years back we had a special event to mark Miss Gish’s film centennial: her first movie came out in 1912 and I had the chance to meet her last agent. She worked into her 90s and I believe her last movie was “Whales of August” (1987) opposite Bette Davis, Vincent Price, and Ann Southern. It’s a nice film on the hardships of aging.

    Here’s the link to the Gish Theater:

    1. Since you are both Robert Mitchum fans, how about a Cape Fear double feature? I’d say Max Cady gives Rev. Harry Powell a run for his money.

  2. Never seen The Innocents … have to now.

    As for Night of the Hunter, poor Shelley Winters. Between this, Place in the Sun, and He Ran All The Way, she always seems to fall in with the wrong guys! I find Hunter a fascinating film to watch more for the visuals than the story. That scene of the drowned Winters is cree-py!

    1. There is a 1991 TV movie version of Night of the Hunter (available on Youtube) starring Richard Chamberlin, Diana Scarwid, & Burgess Meredith. The Lillian Gish character is totally eliminated from the story. I watched a bit of it: Stick to the original.

  3. I think I have The Innocents on my DVR. I recently saw it mentioned on a documentary on horror films, and between that and your show here, it just got bumped WAY up on my To Watch List. I seem to recall the film historians saying it was a supernatural exploration of the governess’ repressed sexuality, but often times these types read what they want to into films, so I want to see it for myself first.

    Freddie Francis actually won two Oscars for cinematography (the last one for Glory), but he did direct several Hammer films, and quite a few of Amicus famous anthology films.

    I actually want to check out Night of the Hunter too. I’m aware of the title, but I really had no idea on the story. You sold me again!

    Great show as always you two.


  4. Pakita loves ghosts stories, so I got excited to hear ya’ll tell about The Innocents. There was something vaguely familiar about the synopsis though, and it turned out she had already seen it since we’ve been together and only found it okay. However, I want to see it now.

    I caught Night of the Hunter on AMC or TCM a few decades ago late at night, probably on the recommendation of one of the movie review catalogs I read as a kid. I certainly enjoyed it, though I’m always game for anything with Bob Mitchum. I very much prefer it to Cape Fear, and it goes without saying that I prefer the original to the remake.

  5. THE INNOCENTS was on TCM last night so I gave the podcast another listen. A few notes:

    1) The actor who played the ghost, Peter Quint, was Peter Wyngarde. Looking at his IMDB page, this image ( makes me wonder if perhaps he was the model for Mastermind/Jason Wyngarde from the Chris Claremont/John Byrne X-Men/Hellfire Club stories.

    2) Peter Wyngarde was on Doctor Who in the “Planet of Fire” story in 1984. He also played Klytus in FLASH GORDON. ( I claim no prior knowledge of these factoids. I’m just looking at IMDB.)

    3) Martin Stephens, the young actor who played Miles, was the lead child actor in the classic VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. (THAT might be an interesting offering for an episode with Tracy.)

    I think it’s a great film. It’s definitely easier to watch after the first time although some scenes are stunning even though I knew the story. Maybe it’d be worth a second attempt some time in the future?

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