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Pastor Hall (1940)

 |  Drama  |  13 September 1940 (USA)
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This film is based on the true story of Pastor Martin Neimuller, who was sent to Dachau concentration camp for criticising the Nazi party. The small German village of Altdorf in the 1930's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilfrid Lawson ...
Nova Pilbeam ...
Christine Hall
Seymour Hicks ...
General von Grotjahn
Marius Goring ...
Fritz Gerte
Brian Worth ...
Werner von Grotjahn
Percy Walsh ...
Herr Veit
Lina Barrie ...
Lina Veit
Eliot Makeham ...
Pippermann
Peter Cotes ...
Erwin Kohn
Edmund Willard ...
Freundlich
Hay Petrie ...
Nazi Pastor
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Heinrich Degan
D.J. Williams
Manning Whiley ...
Vogel
John Salew
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This film is based on the true story of Pastor Martin Neimuller, who was sent to Dachau concentration camp for criticising the Nazi party. The small German village of Altdorf in the 1930's has to come to terms with Chancellor Hitler and the arrival of a platoon of Stormtroopers (preceded by a flock of sheep - subtle). The Stormtrooper go about teaching and enforcing 'The New Order' but Pastor Hall is a kind and gentle man who won't be cowed. Some villagers join the Nazi party avidly, some just go along with things, hoping for a quiet life but Pastor Hall takes his convictions to the pulpit. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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In the late-'30s, when the Boulting brothers submitted the script to the British Board of Film Censors (a common practice for years), it was rejected as unsuitable. The board claimed that it would have a negative effect on the Prime Minister's attempt to make peace with Hitler. However, when war broke out, the film was instantly put into production as an anti-Nazi tract. See more »

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Pastor Frederick Hall: Oh you're a stormtrooper now, are you?
Heinrich Degan: Well, it's a job, Herr Pastor. I've been out of work so long.
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The story of the individual in Europe during the past decade has shown us how much more potent is Truth when compared to fiction. "Pastor Hall" is based on authentic, verified facts See more »

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Hidden Treasure
15 April 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This is a fine film which essentially chronicles the early takeover of Germany by the Nazi Party. It tells the true story of a German pastor who stands up to the Nazi Machine. In many ways it tells the early story of the origins of resistance movements to totalitarian and evil regimes. It also is well acted and realistically portrayed. It unfortunately is extremely rare.


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