• Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter

On Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 PM, at the Portage Theater, the Northwest Chicago Film Society wraps up its fall programming with a 35-millimeter screening of the essential Charles Laughton film The Night of the Hunter, which they’ve dubbed an “oddly heart-warming Christmas story.” Whatever it is, there’s no denying the film is a masterwork of expressionistic filmmaking. At its center is star Robert Mitchum, playing one of the most villainous figures in all of cinema history, the evil Reverend Harry Powell.

Mitchum has been one of my favorite actors for some time now, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my five favorite performances of his. In a tip of the hat to my buddies at Filmspotting, I’m calling this my Harry Powell Memorial List. Check it out after the jump.