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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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A Norwegian fishing village faces down the Nazis 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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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 Minister of St. Olav's Church for Norwegian Seamen, Hans Stesness, acted as a a technical adviser for the religious scenes. St Olav's Church is situated in the harbor city of San Pedro, California, and is now known as the Norwegian Seamen's Church, San Pedro. It is part of the Norwegian Church Abroad. Richard Fraser, playing village Pastor Aalesen, was loaned a robe by Pastor Stessness to wear in this film.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:
Dr. Martin Stensgard:Brogge, why don't you leave me alone?
Gunnar Brogge:You're the only doctor in town.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Norwegian fishing village faces down the Nazis, 22 September 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"The Edge of Darkness" is a 1943 propaganda film about a Norwegian fishing village rising up to fight the Nazis. However, this movie is a cut above other propaganda movies. The cast is excellent, top-notch all the way: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Ruth Gordon, John Beal, Helmut Dantine, Judith Anderson and Morris Carnovsky. Sometimes on the IMDb message board, a poster will ask for opinions on the best ensemble cast ever assembled. This one deserves a mention. It's probably not at the top of everyone's list because it was released while Errol Flynn was fighting statutory rape charges, which was a distraction to audiences, certainly, and also because it followed "Casablanca."

Norway was dragged into the World War II conflict because Hitler was very concerned about protecting the Norwegian shoreline so that the Russians could not receive supplies if they joined the Allies. In the story, the village is being occupied by the Nazis, who are taking the people's shipments of basic necessities and oppressing the entire town by their very presence - curfews, patrols, and the commandeering of the local hotel as their base. Flynn plays the head of the resistance, a brave fisherman named Gunnar Brogge. He is joined in the fight byand by other villagers and by the woman he loves, Karen Stensgard (Sheridan). Her father (Huston) is a doctor who, like many others, has been content not to make waves; his wife (Gordon) longs for the days before the war when the family was together. Karen, however, has no such wish - her brother, Johann (John Beal) is a weakling who collaborated with the Nazis in Oslo. Hearing that he's returning home, she warns the resistance group that he could cause problems. Meanwhile, the group waits to receive a shipment of arms so that they can fight effectively.

The director, Lewis Milestone, has created an atmosphere where one feels the oppression, fear and frustration of these simple people. There are powerful scenes that demonstrate the viciousness of the Nazis, led by Helmut Dantine. One scene is off-camera - the rape of Karen. As another poster here commented, she of course looks fabulous when she returns to the group - some dirt smudges and her beautiful hair falling around her face. That is really the one false note in this story of great bravery.

The entire cast is terrific, led by Flynn, who demonstrates quiet strength and determination as Gunnar. This is really an ensemble piece, however, and Flynn and Sheridan do not overwhelm the production. Walter Huston again demonstrates his brilliant acting skills as a man trying to stick it out without having a high profile, and Gordon is sympathetic as his wife, who yearns for the family moments that are now gone. All of the roles, including the smaller ones, are essayed beautifully.

I am sure that this film was very inspirational when first seen, particularly the radio message from Roosevelt at the end of the movie. "Edge of Darkness" is a compelling story about the effect of the war and occupation on the average person.

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