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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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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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Finlay Currie repeated his role in a 1955 television adaptation of the play. See more »

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Streeter: The trouble with Irish whisky is that you don't know you're drinking until you're delirious.
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Version of Thunder Rock (1946) See more »

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Dull propaganda effort
9 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I wanted to see this film because it's a spooky ghost story set in a lighthouse, and I love lighthouse settings for movies. Sadly, this turns out to be a dull propaganda effort rather than a real movie, and despite a few atmospheric touches it's very murky and rather badly handled in my opinion.

The problem I have with THUNDER ROCK is that the morales and beliefs conveyed therein are thrust down the viewer's throat from the earliest opportunity. Given that this is a WW2 era film, there's an anti-fascist message throughout, and the viewer is all but ordered to strive and carry on the fight.

Niceties of plotting and characterisation are all but nil and most of the film is told via flashback, which just felt too obvious a construction for me. It's a shame, because the Boulting brothers are good film-makers, and the likes of Michael Redgrave and James Mason are strong actors. But a more subtle message and more straightforward storytelling would have resulted in a better movie.


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