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Writers:
Robert Rossen (screenplay)
William Woods (novel)
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Release Date:
24 April 1943 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A story incomparable of a people unconquerable.
Plot:
After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Norwegian Resistance See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Gunnar Brogge

Ann Sheridan ... Karen Stensgard

Walter Huston ... Dr. Martin Stensgard
Nancy Coleman ... Katja
Helmut Dantine ... Captain Koenig

Judith Anderson ... Gerd Bjarnesen

Ruth Gordon ... Anna Stensgard
John Beal ... Johann Stensgard
Morris Carnovsky ... Sixtus Andresen
Charles Dingle ... Kaspar Torgerson
Roman Bohnen ... Lars Malken
Richard Fraser ... Pastor Aalesen
Art Smith ... Knut Osterholm
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis V. Arco ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Petersen (uncredited)

Henry Brandon ... Maj. Ruck (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Cannery Worker (uncredited)
Virginia Christine ... Hulda (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Elderly Sailor (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Hammer (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... German Pilot (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Townsman in Church (uncredited)
Kurt Katch ... German Captain (uncredited)
Kurt Kreuger ... German Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... Village Patriot (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Dudley Field Malone ... Winston Churchcill (voice) (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Cannery Clerk (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Tailor (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Townsman in Church (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Helmut (uncredited)
Tonio Selwart ... Paul (uncredited)
Helene Thimig ... Mrs. Frida Malken (uncredited)
Dorothy Tree ... Solveig Brategaard (uncredited)

Peter van Eyck ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Roland Varno ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Jensen (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Mrs. Mortensen (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... German Officer (uncredited)
Jack Young ... Franklin D. Roosevelt (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
 
Writing credits
Robert Rossen (screenplay)

William Woods (novel)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (director of photography) (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
David Weisbart 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas 
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James McMahon .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
Raoul Walsh .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound (as Everett A. Brown)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects director (as Lawrence Butler)
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
 
Stunts
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James Leicester .... montages
Don Siegel .... montages
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arrangement (as Leon Raab)
 
Other crew
Herschel Daugherty .... dialogue director
E. Wessel Klausen .... technical advisor
Gerard Lambert .... technical advisor
Peter Pohlenz .... technical advisor (as Frank U. Peter Pohlenz)
Hans Stesness .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. A Warner Bros.- First National Picture)
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Runtime:
119 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) | USA:Approved (PCA #8705) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Location shooting took place in Monterey County and on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Sites included Monterey and Monterey Bay, Cannery Row in New Monterey, Del Monte and the Del Monte Forest and in coves near Cypress Point. Special authorization was granted the production by the US Navy and US Army to shoot in a Restricted Military Zone in Del Monte in the environs of the Monterey Presidio. The New York Times reported on Sept. 27, 1942, that the production used a fleet of local fishing boats and two piers at Monterey.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The machine guns used by the Germans are in fact; American Browning M1917, and M1919 water cooled, and M1919 air cooled machine guns.See more »
Quotes:
Sixtus Andresen:[to Koenig] The individual man must stand against you like a rock.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Warner at War (2008) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)See more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Norwegian Resistance, 23 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of the things that all of the films about Norway during World War II fail to mention is why the Nazis were there in the first place. All of the Scandinavian countries would have gladly sat out this war as they did World War I. In fact all, but Sweden got into it for various reasons.

In the case of Norway, it's simply the long Norwegian coastline. Even before the Soviet Union was invaded, Hitler saw the necessity of preventing supplies from getting to the Soviets should they break the Hitler-Stalin pact and enter the war on the allied side. The convoy route used was the one into the Arctic Ocean into Archangel and Murmansk. No other route was possible for American lend lease. The Nazis operated bases from Norway and sank a lot of allied shipping in the North Atlantic.

So this is why this small village and so many others like it were occupied and why the country was invaded. The Norwegian people from the king and queen on down, knew their country was in a sideshow theater, yet they did resist as best they could.

In fact Mr. Churchill did mount a counterattack in Norway, but the invasion failed and British troops had to withdraw. From time to time he brought up freeing Norway during allied conferences, but could get no support for it from Roosevelt or Stalin.

Errol Flynn stars in Edge of Darkness and the usual Flynn derring-do is kept on hold. Probably in keeping with the stoical nature of Scandinavian character. He's not exactly Captain Blood in this one. He's a fisherman, but his natural qualities of leadership come through as he leads the resistance.

Edge of Darkness is the story of one coastal Norwegian village who put up with Nazi occupation beyond what was humanly bearable. The rape of Ann Sheridan finally touches off a revolt.

It's not a star vehicle per se. Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan have a great deal less dialog than they would in most films. Edge of Darkness is a study of the various townspeople and the way each one of them deals with the Nazi occupation.

Walter Huston and Ruth Gordon are the parents of Sheridan and John Beal. Huston is the town doctor and tries to remain above the battle. Gordon, like Patricia Collinge in The Little Foxes, retreats into nostalgia. Sheridan is a resistance member and Beal was an informer in Oslo, but only the immediate family know it at first.

However the performance I like the best is Charles Dingle's. Dingle has always been one of my favorite character players ever. He's Gordon's brother, the owner of the cannery, and he quite deliberately chooses to collaborate with the Germans. He's the kind of villain you love to hate as is Helmut Dantine the commanding officer of the Nazi garrison.

We learn Dingle's fate at the beginning of the film and as the action unfolds in flashback the audience really rejoices in that fate.

No mistake about it, Edge of Darkness is a World War II propaganda film, but still entertaining today

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