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Thunder Rock (1942)

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

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Edward 'Ted' Briggs
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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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Drama | Fantasy | War

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16 September 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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David Charleston: This isn't optimism. I know!
Dr. Stefan Kurtz: I also knew when I was young.
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Version of Theatre Night: Thunder Rock (1985) See more »

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It quietly thunders with 'importance' and prestige...
15 May 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Early film from Britain's Boulting brothers (producer John and director Roy) shows an uncanny grasp of technical assurance, yet their combined talents, and those of the sterling cast, cannot eradicate the stultified air of theatricality which comes via this material, taken from the play by Robert Ardrey. Anti-fascist journalist in England, upset over the hypocrisy of the newspaper business and the silencing of free speech, takes a job at a lonesome lighthouse in Lake Michigan; his superiors question his need for complete isolation, though he confesses he's not alone. Seems the ghosts of a one hundred-year-old shipwreck reenact their lives for the lighthouse keeper, all in an attempt to bring him back to civilization. Portends to be a heady mix of political strife and the human condition, however the central character's history is much more interesting than those who were aboard the ill-fated ship, and activity in the main set (the lighthouse) becomes tiresomely stagy. One professional critic compared the film to "Citizen Kane"; however, while it is polished and professionally assembled (and moodily photographed), the falseness of the picture's conception keeps the fantastic aspects firmly grounded. ** from ****


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