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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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Frederick Valk ...
Dr. Stefan Kurtz
Sybille Binder ...
Anne-Marie Kurtz
Frederick Cooper ...
Edward 'Ted' Briggs
Jean Shepherd ...
Mrs. Millie Briggs
Barry Morse ...
Robert
George Carney ...
Harry
Miles Malleson ...
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Bryan Herbert ...
Flanning (as Brian Herbert)
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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16 September 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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A Lesson That Needs to Be Relearned
9 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may not be the greatest film ever made and to those who don't like the lesson it teaches it may seem to be propaganda (a negative implication) but for those who are receptive and consider what the story tells and what is its intended purpose, it is a valuable lesson beautifully presented. We are faced with a similar perfect storm as I write this brief note and yet most people who are not directly engaged refuse to see what is happening and the inevitable consequences of such refusal. Like the Redgrave character, we think that a personal disengagement will be a solution but it is not and never can be. Courage then is the lesson learned at Thunder Rock and any film that teaches it is worthy and a film that teaches it well is especially worthy. It is our loss that today's movie makers lack the perspective to make such a film for us in our time but then, if one did, he might be in personal danger so it is easier for them to decline. Therefore we are left with an old film that preaches us to have courage against a different enemy but the lesson holds. Watch it and think how it resonates. More than a worthy film, a necessary reminder and a lesson to us all.


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