Thunder Rock (1942)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, War  |  16 September 1944 (USA)
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A cynical, embittered newspaperman is tormented, then inspired, by visions he keeps having of people who have drowned.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Mullen ...
Frederick Valk ...
Sybille Binder ...
Anne-Marie Kurtz
Frederick Cooper ...
Edward 'Ted' Briggs
Jean Shepherd ...
Mrs. Millie Briggs
George Carney ...
Miles Malleson ...
Chairman of Directors
Bryan Herbert ...
Flanning (as Brian Herbert)
James Pirrie ...
Jim Sales
A.E. Matthews ...
Mr. Kirby


David Charleston, once a world renowned journalist, now lives alone maintaining the Thunder Rock lighthouse in Lake Michigan. He doesn't cash is paychecks and has no contact other than the monthly inspector's visit. When alone, he imagines conversations with those who died when a 19th century packet ship with some 60 passengers sank. He imagines their lives, their problems their fears and their hopes. In one of these conversations he recalls his own efforts in the 1930s when he tried desperately to convince first his editors and later the public of the dangers of fascism and the inevitability of war. Few would listen. One of the passengers, a spinster, tells her story of seeking independence from a world dominated by men. There's also the case of a doctor who is banished for using unacceptable methods. David has given up on life but the imaginary passengers give him hope for the future Written by garykmcd

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16 September 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De döda skeppens fyr  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of the most impressive movies I've ever experienced!
5 June 2002 | by (Denver, Colorado USA) – See all my reviews

I saw Thunder Rock as a student in Toronto (Canada)when it came out in about 1942. Thought the plot has faded somewhat in my memory, the acting, the allegorical inferences and the very remarkable optical distortions that said far more than words--all of these have stayed with me for the sixty years since that time.

I'd love to see it revived for viewing.

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