• Short Summary

    A FUNERAL CEREMONY FOR CHARLES LAUGHTON, THE FAMOUS FILM ACTOR, TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY IN THE CHURCH OF THE HILLS AT FOREST LAWN CEMETERY.

  • Description

    1.
    C.V. SIGN "CHURCH OF THE HILLS"
    0.03

    2.
    S.V. MOURNERS ARRIVE (3 SHOTS)
    0.13

    3.
    L.V. CHURCH
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    4.
    S.V. COFFIN CARRIED FROM CHURCH, ELSA LANCHESTER FOLLOWING.
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    5.
    S.C.U. COFFIN INTO HEARSE
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    6.
    S.V. ELSA LANCHESTER IN CAR, CAR AWAY. (2 SHOTS)
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    7.
    C.U. SIGN "FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK."
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    8.
    S.V. COFFIN CARRIED UP STEPS
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    9.
    C.U. ELSA LANCHESTER
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    10.
    L.V. COFFIN CARRIED
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    11.
    L.V. COFFIN DURING GRAVESIDE SERVICE
    0.55

    12.
    C.U. ELSA LANCHESTER
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    13.
    L.V. SERVICE IN PROGRESS
    1.04

    14.
    S.V. MOURNERS DURING SERVICE
    1.06

    15.
    S.V. ELSA LANCHESTER NEAR COFFIN
    1.11

    16.
    S.V. MOURNERS LEAVE
    1.13

    17.
    S.V. ELSA LANCHESTER INTO CAR.
    1.17

    18.
    S.V. CAR MOVES OFF
    1.21



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    Background: A FUNERAL CEREMONY FOR CHARLES LAUGHTON, THE FAMOUS FILM ACTOR, TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY IN THE CHURCH OF THE HILLS AT FOREST LAWN CEMETERY. HE DIED FROM CANCER LAST SATURDAY AT THE AGE OF 63. THE MOURNERS WERE HEADED BY HIS WIDOW, ACTRESS ELSA LANCHESTER.

    ONLY NINE OUT 50 INVITED HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES ATTENDED THE FUNERAL, HOWEVER. BUT "FILMLAND" CLAIMED THERE WAS NO ANIMOSITY TOWARDS THE BRITISH-BORN ACTOR. ONE FAMOUS STAR SAID IT WAS BECAUSE LAUGHTON WAS SHY AND RETIRING AND HAD MADE FEW FRIENDS IN ALL THE YEARS HE HAD LIVED IN HOLLYWOOD.

    A BOYS' CHOIR SANG EXCERPTS IN LATIN FROM THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS, BUT THE RITES OF THE SERVICE WERE PRESBYTERIAN. AND AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD READ SOME OF LAUGHTON'S FAVOURITE PASSAGES FROM THE BIBLE. ISHERWOOD SAID OF LAUGHTON: "HE WAS SUCH A POWERFUL PERSON. HE HAD A NATURAL POWER THAT HE CARRIED INTO HIS ART - INTO ALL HIS PROJECTS".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9XMPHWKFP3FRTWQKTQAGUDH0N
    Media URN:
    VLVA9XMPHWKFP3FRTWQKTQAGUDH0N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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