64 user 23 critic

The Mortal Storm (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 14 June 1940 (USA)
The Roth family lead a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.



(screen play), (screen play) (as Andersen Ellis) | 2 more credits »

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Broadway actress agrees to let a naive soldier court her in order to impress his friends, but a real romance soon begins.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Walter Pidgeon
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Playwright Gaylord Esterbrook scores a hit with his first Broadway play, both with the critics and with leading lady Linda Paige. He and Linda are happily married until a patroness of the ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Rosalind Russell, James Stewart, Genevieve Tobin
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan
Pot o' Gold (1941)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A new man joins the civilian firefighters at a London unit during the Second World War. He meets his fellow firemen and firewomen, manages to enjoy some leisure time with them, and then ... See full summary »

Director: Humphrey Jennings
Stars: Philip Dickson, George Gravett, Fred Griffiths
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne,... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Joan Fontaine, James Stewart, Eddie Albert
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A organized crime big shot is jailed for ten years after his wife becomes pregnant and becomes bitter when she divorces him and remarries.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner
Magic Town (1947)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Kent Smith
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On a quick trip to the city, young university professor Peter Morgan falls in love with nightclub performer Francey Brent and marries her after a whirlwind romance. But when he goes back ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison
Certificate: Passed Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi


Cast overview, first billed only:
Fritz Marberg
Professor Roth
Otto Von Rohn
Mrs. Roth
Erich Von Rohn
Mrs. Breitner
Gene Reynolds ...
William Edmunds ...
Holl (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Professor Berg


Interesting to note that the film was made in 1940, 1 year before America's entry into the European war against Hitler. The movie depicts Germany in 1933. In 1938 the 'night of broken glass' took place. Interesting to note the attitudes portrayed in the film, definitely anti-Nazi. Written by Matt Goodwin

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

german | alps | nazi | engagement | village | See All (76) »


The Most Exciting Picture!




Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

14 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La tempête qui tue  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This film received its initial television showings in New York City Saturday 17 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) followed by Philadelphia Saturday 31 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in Los Angeles it was first telecast Friday 28 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in San Francisco 3 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7. See more »


In the beginning of the film it is morning but the maid says that "the telegrams have been coming all day long". See more »


[first lines]
[white clouds appear; they quickly turn to storm clouds]
Narrator: When man was new upon the earth, he was frightened by the dangers of the elements. He cried out, "The gods of the lightning are angry, and I must kill my fellow man to appease them!" As man grew bolder, he created shelters against the wind and the rain and made harmless the force of the lightning. But within man himself were elements strong as the wind and terrible as the lightning. And he denied the existence of these ...
See more »


Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »


Close Up the Ranks
(1864) (uncredited)
Written by S.F. Cameron
Sung by bar patrons
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A small Bavarian village succumbs to peer pressure as Hitler ascends to power.
23 March 2004 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

The Mortal Storm is one of the few movies which shows the shift in attitudes which occurred among the German people after Hitler came to power. Although innumerable movies have been made about WWII, very few address the issue of peer pressure and its affect on the average, non-Jewish German. As a high school teacher, I have used this film in my classes for its unique perspective, and to demonstrate that peer pressure exists for adults as well as adolescents. Although the actual sets are unrealistic by today's high standards, they are understandable given world conditions at the time of filming, and can actually add to an appreciation of the horror of the war. Viewing this film led to intense and thought-provoking discussion among my students. Any viewer with an understanding of history will undoubtedly find this movie compelling in spite of its technological limitations.

35 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This must be satire sidneyg83
Why is this movie not more famous? ih63
ending? Onceuponatimeintheland
This film's impact jrangers19
Historical Inaccuracies... AzRanger
Quote at the End? trekgvh92
Discuss The Mortal Storm (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: