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The Moon Is Down (1943)

When the Germans invade Norway their Commandant and the town Mayor confront each other, attempting to maintain civility as far as possible. When the army tries to orgnanize townspeople to ... See full summary »

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Mayor Orden
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Dr. Albert Winter
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Molly Morden
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Mme. Sarah Orden
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Lt. Tonder
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Alex Morden
Henry Rowland ...
Capt. Loft
E.J. Ballantine ...
George Corell
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Capt. Bentick
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Frederic Brunn ...
German Soldier (as Frederick Brunn)
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Maj. Hunter (as Ernest Dorian)
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Hitler's Voice (as Louis Donath)
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When the Germans invade Norway their Commandant and the town Mayor confront each other, attempting to maintain civility as far as possible. When the army tries to orgnanize townspeople to work for them sabotage which is at first humorous turns serious, resulting in death on both sides. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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29 July 1943 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Se ha puesto la luna  »

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Filmed on the same sets used for the Welsh mining village in How Green Was My Valley (1941). See more »

Quotes

Lt. Tonder: Last night I dreamed that Hitler was crazy!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a hand gesturing to a map of Norway, indicating what is about to take place in the film. See more »

Soundtracks

Ja, vi elsker dette landet (Yes, we love this country)
National anthem of Norway
Music by Rikard Nordraak
Lyrics by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
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wartime occupation movie
3 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Germans invade Norway. Mayor Orden (Henry Travers) is a respected leader of the small port town Selvik. Their young men are off to train when an invasion takes them by surprise. They are ambushed by the Germans led by Colonel Lanser (Cedric Hardwicke). George Corell is the traitorous storekeeper and Dr. Albert Winter (Lee J. Cobb) calls him out. Lanser needs the iron mines to continue operating and demands cooperation from Orden's town.

This is adapted from author John Steinbeck's novel. It is solidly made with good actors. It's more of an intellectual work rather than a visceral thriller. There are some long exchanges which dig into the concepts of occupation. It keeps the movie somewhat static and the intensity suppressed. It doesn't shy away from the brutality but it's not an action movie. This is a solid fairly realistic wartime movie rallying the peoples under occupation. As propaganda, it is heroic and hits many of the right notes.


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