Charles Laughton had seen a screen test of Maureen O’Hara and was twitterpated by her beautiful eyes. Just so were clear that Charles Laughton of Spartacus (1960), Witness for the Prosecution Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). The Bounty wasn’t the only role where he was Captain. He also played the lead role in both Captain Kidd (1945) and Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952).
At 19 O’Hara was cast in her first marquee role in Jamaica Inn (1939) which was directed by none other that Alfred Hitchcock and that same year she was cast as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) where her beauty caught the attention of the Hunchback who was played by Laughton. She went on to make 5 films with Wayne and had a total over 60 during her career. In addition to her looks, she was very athletic which was utilized in many of her movies, including At Sword’s Point (1952) where she played Claire the daughter of Athos–of The Musketeers fame. How they could believe she was a boy is beyond me. O’Hara eventually left acting in the 1970s and did not return for a couple of decades. She crushed it when she finally did return to the screen to play older roles.
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