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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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Anne-Marie Kurtz
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Edward 'Ted' Briggs
Jean Shepherd ...
Mrs. Millie Briggs
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James Pirrie ...
Jim Sales
A.E. Matthews ...
Mr. Kirby
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The Worst Sermon I have Ever Heard
30 March 2012 | by (Baltimore) – See all my reviews

The sheer tedium of the pacing was enough to make me want to turn this WW II propaganda film off, but I was determined to see it through. The message, however, came stomping over my hopes for some redemption from a very solid cast with unquestioned talents. Sadly, they didn't stand a chance with this gray, grim material that was meant to convey a very plain and unadorned message: Oppression is bad, liberty is good. It is impossible to disagree, but this movie was so drawn out, so yawn-worthy, that it almost undercut the sentiment. Not one of the better products of the difficult war years from Britain's film industry. And, alas, Michael Wilding's central performance was such a sorry one-note of morose self-pity that it was extremely difficult even to want to empathize with him. Times were tough for the British during the Forties but at least they couldn't have been this boring.


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