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Edge of Darkness (1943) Poster

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Errol Flynn was criticized for playing heroes in World War II movies. Tony Thomas in his book "Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was" states that Flynn had tried to enlist in every branch of any armed services he could but was rejected as unfit for service on the grounds of his health: he had a heart condition, tuberculosis, malaria and a back problem. Flynn felt he could contribute to America's war effort by appearing in such films as Northern Pursuit (1943); Dive Bomber (1941), Objective, Burma! (1945), and Uncertain Glory (1944). Reportedly, Flynn was at his most professional and co-operative while working on these war pictures. Warner Brothers managed to keep reports about Flynn's health problems from being made public because they were afraid it might affect his box-office draw.
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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."
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This was one of several films released around the same time that dealt with the Norwegian Resistance in World War II. The movies include They Raid by Night (1942) (aka "The Commandos Have Landed"); Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942); First Comes Courage (1943).
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This film was apparently banned in Argentina when it was initially released. The government denied an exhibition permit for the film, citing that the picture could compromise that country's political neutrality.
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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).
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Weather problems plagued the production. A thick fog delayed location filming for several weeks in the town of Monterey, California. Errol Flynn got sick with a sinus illness, a condition which apparently was caused and/or aggravated by the bad weather.
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Miles Mander's voice is heard over the short-wave radio as that of Winston Churchill. The year before he had voiced Churchill at Warner's for Captains of the Clouds (1942).
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Production took 30 days more than was scheduled.
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This was director Lewis Milestone's first picture for Warner Brothers since The Caveman (1926) 17 years earlier.
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Errol Flynn went on trial on charges of rape during the production shoot of this movie. Warner Brothers studio chief Jack L. Warner rushed Flynn's previous film Gentleman Jim (1942) into theatrical release and even hired Flynn a lawyer. He was eventually acquitted of all charges.
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First feature film of Virginia Christine.
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Warner Brothers acquired the filming rights to William Woods' novel "The Edge of Darkness" for $30,000.
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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.
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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Michael Mark (Fisherman), Al Bridge (Whaler), Victor Potel, Richard Kipling and Vera Lewis.
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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.
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The submachine guns the Germans carry are Thompson submachine guns altered to look like German MP-38's and MP-40's.
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