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John Howard Lawson (original screen play by)
I.A.R. Wylie (suggested by a story by)
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Release Date:
14 June 1940 (USA) See more »
When the Germans invade Czechoslovakia the four sons of a Czecho-German family follow different paths: Czech patriot, Nazi supporter, artist in America, and heroic German soldier. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Don Ameche ... Chris
Eugenie Leontovich ... Frau Bern
Mary Beth Hughes ... Anna
Alan Curtis ... Karl
George Ernest ... Fritz
Robert Lowery ... Joseph
Lionel Royce ... Max Sturm
Sig Ruman ... Newmann (as Sig Rumann)
Ludwig Stössel ... Pastor (as Ludwig Stossel)
Christian Rub ... Kapek
Torben Meyer ... Gustav
Egon Brecher ... Richter
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Frau Richter
Michael Visaroff ... Burgomaster
Greta Meyer ... Frau Sturm
Ernst Hausman ... Schmitt
Rudolph Anders ... Hempel (as Robert O. Davis)
Hans Schumm ... Muller
Frederick Vogeding ... Hinckerman (as Fredrik Vogeding)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Gortner (as William Von Brincken)
Ragnar Qvale ... Storm Trooper
Robert Conway ... Storm Trooper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bleifer ... Czech Soldier (uncredited)
Bobby Caldwell ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Marguerite Chapman ... Peasant (uncredited)
Carlo Clarke ... Karl Jr. (uncredited)
Georgia Clarke ... Karl Jr. (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... American Editor (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... German Officer (uncredited)
Hans Joby ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Lee Kohlmar ... Doctor (uncredited)
Anna Lisa ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Herta Lynd ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Steve O'Brien ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Lotte Palfi Andor ... Peasant (uncredited)
William Roberts ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bodil Rosing ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Anna Marie Schunzel ... Peasant Girl (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Sentry (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... Peasant (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Guard (uncredited)
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Peasant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Archie Mayo 
Writing credits
John Howard Lawson (original screen play by)

I.A.R. Wylie (suggested by a story by)

Milton Sperling (additional dialogue by)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Francis D. Lyon (film editor)
Art Direction by
Richard Day (art direction)
Albert Hogsett (art direction)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Music Department
David Buttolph .... musical direction
Charles Henderson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Harry Brand .... publicity director (uncredited)
Lorraine Dunne .... stand-in: Eugenie Leontovich (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #6233) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Arthur Loft is in studio records/casting call lists for an unnamed role, but he was not seen in the movie.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The impending storm, 29 March 2009
Author: dbdumonteil

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A remake of a silent movie,"four sons" was overshadowed by Frank Borzage's extraordinary "the mortal storm" which was released the very same year.Both were propaganda movies,but while Borzage's work transcended that ,Archie Mayo's remained only a decent melodrama.Eugenie Leontovich is excellent as the mother courage who knows where military madness can lead a man ,having lost her dear husband and knowing that when the war is over,the only thing left will be tears.Her character reminds one of Madame Oupenskaia in "mortal storm" ;in both works ,brothers going different ways in a world gone mad.

The best scenes,in my opinion,are to be found in the second half: -the old mom,holding her son's body ,as the German soldiers march in her homeland -the old woman,sitting alone at her table and thinking of the good old time ,when the family was around the table;then the ghosts of her sons,a scene reminiscent of the last scene of Borzage's "three comrades" Like this ?try these....

"The mortal storm" Frank Borzage 1940

"The four horsemen of the Apocalypse" Vincente Minnelli 1961

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