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The Moon Is Down (1943)

When the Germans invade Norway their Commandant and the town Mayor confront each other, attempting to maintain civility as far as possible. When the army tries to orgnanize townspeople to ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson, John Steinbeck (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cedric Hardwicke ... Colonel Lanser
Henry Travers ... Mayor Orden
Lee J. Cobb ... Dr. Albert Winter
Dorris Bowdon ... Molly Morden
Margaret Wycherly ... Mme. Sarah Orden
Peter van Eyck ... Lt. Tonder
William Post Jr. ... Alex Morden
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Capt. Loft
E.J. Ballantine E.J. Ballantine ... George Corell
Hans Schumm ... Capt. Bentick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederic Brunn Frederic Brunn ... German Soldier (as Frederick Brunn)
Ernst Deutsch Ernst Deutsch ... Maj. Hunter (as Ernest Dorian)
Ludwig Donath ... Hitler's Voice (as Louis Donath)
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When the Germans invade Norway their Commandant and the town Mayor confront each other, attempting to maintain civility as far as possible. When the army tries to orgnanize townspeople to work for them sabotage which is at first humorous turns serious, resulting in death on both sides. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Se ha puesto la luna See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 30, 1943 with Cedric Hardwicke reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Most of the German soldiers are wearing WWI-style Stahlhelm helmets, not the WWII version used from 1935 on. Also, paratroopers (Fallschirmjagers) are shown, but none of the German troops are wearing their helmet - without the projecting visor and flared rim. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Tonder: Last night I dreamed that Hitler was crazy!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a hand gesturing to a map of Norway, indicating what is about to take place in the film. See more »

Soundtracks

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Traditional Christian hymn
Music by Martin Luther
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Germans all murderers and Norwegians all victims in bathos war propaganda
3 May 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Compared with Lewis Milestone's "The Edge of Darkness" from the same year and on basically the same kind of story, Steinbeck's and Nunnally Johnson's film falls flat on its overdone bathos - this isn't credible, as if Steinbeck had exclusively written this book for propaganda. The Germans are all ruthless villains (with two exceptions), and the poor Norwegians are all victims. It's all black and white and nothing between. The only interesting nuance is Peter van Eyck as the young German lieutenant who falls in love with a local girl, which incident is the most interesting one in the film, as the Germans previously have killed her husband. Cedric Hardwicke also adds some character to the film by his rather moderate appearance with some bitter experience from the previous world war - he knows what it is all about, which the local idiot Quisling does not. Lee J. Cobb as the old doctor also makes the film worth seeing, and the final scene gives this rather sordid and superficial war occupation account like also the book its validity, which is lacking up till then. It's not one of Steinbeck's best novels, and it's not one of Irving Pichel's best films. It's too much allied war propaganda preaching hatred of the Germans to the audiences and too little of the true human drama, which "The Edge of Darkness" succeeds in emphasizing.


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