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Director:
Writers:
Robert Rossen (screenplay)
William Woods (novel)
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Release Date:
24 April 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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An excellent WWII propaganda film that improves with each viewing despite some heavily melodramatic elements throughout... See more (31 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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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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Trivia:
The second of three films that Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan made together (not including compilation shows, television or live appearances). The first was Dodge City (1939) and the last was Silver River (1948).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Anna Stensgard suggests they have a drink to celebrate Johann's return, her glass changes position between shots. It's first in her hand, then on the table, then back in her hand.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Hauptmann Koenig:We have no room for philosophers.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
An excellent WWII propaganda film that improves with each viewing despite some heavily melodramatic elements throughout..., 1 December 2006
Author: Peter Andres from Petersburg, Vasaria

When I first saw this film a few months ago, I found it a bit tedious in places and its melodramatic elements laughable. However, I decided to view the film again recently and I appreciated the film all the more. Yes, it's Hollywood propaganda and the story borders on fantasy, but it's a thoroughly entertaining film once you're familiar with the complex story.

The acting, direction, writing, cinematography, and editing are all excellent. Under Lewis Milestone's atmospheric direction, all the performances are sincere and almost never forced--particularly Ruth Gordon, Nancy Coleman, and Morris Carnovsky in supporting roles, who are my favorite performers in the film. The writing is natural and the characterizations are believable enough. The film's most memorable aspect is the brilliant black-and-white cinematography by Sidney Hickox, relying on zoom effects, focus depth, tracking shots, close-ups, and many other imaginative devices in order to make this film entirely watchable from beginning to end. It's a pity that the cinematography did not earn an Oscar nomination. The film has the usual fast-paced Warner Bros. editing techniques that were a trademark of the studio's films at the time. The Martin Luther hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" is put to stirring use throughout the film's score.

The climactic town revolt is very exciting and Lewis Milestone's directing skills are up to his very best capabilities here. The actions sequences, while not graphic or bloody, are up the level of the best action-packed war films. It is an extremely suspenseful, visually compelling sequence that lasts almost a half-hour.

However, there are drawbacks to this film. Franz Waxman, my least favorite classic film composer, adds a mostly forgettable and intrusively melodramatic score that's bound to provoke laughter rather than chills or tears. The film would've been better if Erich Wolfgang Korngold or Max Steiner offered their composing talents to the film and used a subtler score instead. Also, too many character situations make the story a bit confusing in places. One minor quibble is that Ann Sheridan, even after her character is raped off-screen by a German soldier, always looks glamorous no matter what happens. But despite these drawbacks, you'll be rewarded after the film is over.

All in all, this is a very entertaining Hollywood propaganda film that still holds up well today despite the melodramatic elements and bad timing of the film's release. However, the story of a fictional Norwegian town and how its citizens respond to the evil Nazi conquerors makes a very powerful, if a bit far-fetched, film concerning themes of fighting against oppression and loyalty towards one's country.

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