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Director:
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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Great War Drama, Bad Timing... 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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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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According to the book "The Films of World War II" by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs, the production was beset by many problems. The book states: "Ann Sheridan parted from husband George Brent; Errol Flynn was indicted for rape; location shooting in a small California town was delayed several weeks because of fog, during which Ruth Gordon and Judith Anderson were besieged with telegrams from Katharine Cornell demanding their return to New York for her stage production of 'The Three Sisters'. Miss Gordon was restrained from leaving, but not before letting it be known that she hated Hollywood and the picture. Fortunately for Warners, the fog lifted, Flynn was acquitted, and the film was completed."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:
Gerd Bjarnesen:[Discussing the revolt] Then it's settled?
Knut Osterholm:No, not yet. I don't agree with the pastor, but there are doubts in my mind.
Mortensen - Tailor:You doubt, but my son in Oslo was arrested for cutting wires.
Knut Osterholm:To the Devil with your son in Oslo!
Mortensen - Tailor:You're a traitor!
Knut Osterholm:I'm a farmer. If I lose my farm, there must be a reason for it. The sacrifice of one poor village... what would it accomplish?
Gerd Bjarnesen:What sacrifice? What are you giving up? Your life? Maybe they'll take that from you whhether you fight or not. Your farm? It isn't yours anyway until you fight for it. Your peace? What peace is there when a body of troops can come in in the middle of the night and arrest you as a hostage to be shot for something you never did or never even thought of? Like my father! To live in constant fear, to have blackings at your door, to talk in whispers, to have guards at your church doors!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)See more »

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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Great War Drama, Bad Timing..., 14 September 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

Timing is everything, in releasing a motion picture. CASABLANCA had the great fortune to be released as allied troops landed in North Africa, guaranteeing the film an even broader audience than it would have achieved, otherwise. EDGE OF DARKNESS, on the other hand, was filmed as Errol Flynn was being tried on statutory rape charges, and although he was acquitted, so many of his off-screen antics became public knowledge that a serious film, featuring Flynn with the same kind of heroic persona as he had portrayed, prior to the trial, wasn't taken seriously. Audiences had gone into fits of laughter over the title of his previous film, THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON, knowing of the actor's voracious sexual appetites, and "In Like Flynn" had become a catchphrase for success with the opposite sex. While the WB was amazed that Flynn's popularity didn't immediately plummet after the trial, the public quickly made it clear that his credibility in 'heroic' roles was over (much as what would happen to Rob Lowe, nearly forty years later). The studio would ultimately produce fewer and fewer 'quality' films starring Flynn, and would throw in frequent references to his womanizing ways, denigrating his talent and self-esteem. An increasing dependency on alcohol, drugs, and self indulgence would fill the void, and a physical and spiritual decline began (Flynn was only 50 when he passed away, in 1959).

While much of this was yet to come, it's first effect could be seen in the lack of public acceptance for Lewis Milestone's remarkable drama. EDGE OF DARKNESS is a timeless tale of the impact an occupying force (in this case, the Nazis), has on a small community. Told in flashback, and set in a Norwegian fishing village, this ensemble story runs the gamut of people's reactions, from defiant (Flynn, as the Resistance leader, and Ann Sheridan, as his love, and fellow fighter), to complacent (Walter Huston, terrific as Sheridan's father, the town physician), to fearful (Ruth Gordon, as Huston's wife), to cowardly (the mayor, who welcomes the Nazis with open arms). As the invaders physically and mentally abuse the residents, individual acts of disobedience increase, escalating the brutality, until, in an explosive climax, the town becomes a war zone.

From the opening scene (reminiscent of BEAU GESTE), as the Nazi relief force finds the town apparently abandoned, until the final scene, as a swelling choral version of the hymn, 'A Mighty Fortress Is Our God' is heard behind FDR's voice, praising the courage of Norway, EDGE OF DARKNESS is a taut, riveting tale of real people facing a life or death crisis. It has outlasted the public ridicule of it's star, to become a classic to younger generations of fans.

Errol Flynn might have appreciated that!

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