Night Of The Hunter took the bobsled most
places, but I bet not in Steubenville,
where local filming fueled interest in Charles Laughton's horrific fairy tale. Nearby
Moundsville as homeplace tosource novelist Davis Grubb was help as well, for
locals knew his name, if not the author himself. Movies with a backyard
connection tend to play well in same backyard, even if they plunge elsewhere.
For my NC neck of woods, it wasThunder Road,Redline 7000,The Flim-Flam Man, The Last American Hero, others I
could name. Every bomb found its target somewhere. For Night Of The Hunter, it
was playdates in southern Ohio and West Virginia vicinity. These folks got fun seeing if preacher Harry Powell might
drive past a farm they knew. Here's guessing Night Of The Hunter did worlds better than upcoming Summertime with K. Hepburn ...