Cinema: The New Pictures: Jan. 8, 1940

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (RKO) is a more spectacular remake of an old horror film in which the late Lon (Man of a Thousand Faces) Chancy, with the help of an elaborately repulsive makeup, set a standard for cinema frightfulness hard to beat. So hard, that the more repulsive make-up (by Perc Westmore) with which British Cinemactor Charles Laughton proposed to beat it was a devoutly cherished secret of this production. Thirty-four pounds lighter than Lon Chaney's, Laughton's make-up consists of a sponge-rubber right cheek and false eye socket, which covers Laughton's...

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