THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is a low-budget work of art, somewhat of a Christmas fable that ends at Christmastime. Today, I wish that this tale of a little country boy and sister fleeing from a evil force would get an annual network airing like IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
The big, glossy, soap-opera LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING starring Jennifer Jones as the Asian doctor in Hong Kong who falls in love with a white American journalist played by William Holden was a nominee for Best Picture. I love the lead actors but I would've replaced that nominee with THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. If you can, watch it and see for yourself. It's excellent.