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Robert Rossen (screenplay)
William Woods (novel)
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Release Date:
24 April 1943 (USA) See more »
A story incomparable of a people unconquerable.
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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  (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. A Warner Bros.- First National Picture)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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 »
Plot holes: The Germans have put Trollness under a dusk-to-dawn curfew, and any Norwegian who violates it is subject to summary execution. But when Dr. Stensgard scours the streets of Trollness for his daughter's rapist, it is night, and he passes dozens of German soldiers, any one of whom should have shot him on sight.See more »
Gunnar Brogge:Every battle must have its dead.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Warner at War (2008) (TV)See more »
A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)See more »


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Superb story, director and actors, 19 April 2005
Author: cjohnson1943 from United States

I keep a list of 100 all time favorite movies. This movie is in the top fifty. It has superb actors: Walter Houston, Ruth Gordon, Errol Flynn, etc. The Director did an excellent job. The movie shows that humans, when beaten down too harshly, will rise up, if given the opportunity, to destroy the oppressor and restore freedom of choice. In this case, the German Nazis brutally oppress the Norwigans of a small fishing village. The full range of human emotions is displayed. This is drama at its best. It would help galvanize a world against the oppressor. After WWII the film is still applicable to world events somewhere. It is a great history movie!

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