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Nunnally Johnson (writer)
John Steinbeck (novel)
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Release Date:
29 July 1943 (Mexico) See more »
When the Germans invade Norway their Commandant and the town Mayor confront each other, attempting to maintain civility as far as possible... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A rousing WWII propaganda picture. See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cedric Hardwicke ... Col. Lanser

Henry Travers ... Mayor Orden

Lee J. Cobb ... Dr. Albert Winter

Dorris Bowdon ... Molly Morden
Margaret Wycherly ... Mme. Sarah Orden

Peter van Eyck ... Lt. Tonder
William Post Jr. ... Alex Morden
Henry Rowland ... Capt. Loft
E.J. Ballantine ... George Corell
Hans Schumm ... Capt. Bentick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederic Brunn ... German Soldier (as Frederick Brunn)
Ernst Deutsch ... Maj. Hunter (as Ernest Dorian)
Ludwig Donath ... Hitler's Voice (as Louis Donath)
Richard Abbott ... Villager (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... Schumann (uncredited)
Georgia Backus ... Villager (uncredited)

John Banner ... Lt. Prackle (uncredited)

Trevor Bardette ... Foreman (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Hostage (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Tom Brown ... Boy (uncredited)
Ricardo Lord Cezon ... Boy (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Villager (uncredited)

Jeff Corey ... Albert (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Joseph Eggenton ... Villager (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Villager (uncredited)
Monica Folts ... Girl (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Gibson Gowland ... Villager (uncredited)
Ludwig Hardt ... Elderly Man (uncredited)
Ernst Hausman ... Moeller (uncredited)
Gertrude Hoffman ... Villager (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Pilot (uncredited)

Kurt Kreuger ... Orderly (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Villager (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Villager (uncredited)
Charles Mason ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Charles McGraw ... Ole (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... Hostage (uncredited)
John Mylong ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
Patrick O'Moore ... Bombardier (uncredited)
Netta Packer ... Villager (uncredited)
Dorothy Peterson ... Mother (uncredited)

Irving Pichel ... Peder, Inn Keeper (uncredited)

William Prince ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Villager (uncredited)
Francine Rufo ... Girl (uncredited)
Audrey Scott ... Prisoner's Wife (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Hostage (uncredited)
Helene Thimig ... Annie (uncredited)
Leon Tyler ... Boy (uncredited)
Sam Waagenaar ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vesey Walker ... Bandleader (uncredited)
Paul Weigel ... Elderly Man (uncredited)
Walter White Jr. ... Villager (uncredited)
Violette Wilson ... Peder's Wife (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Joseph (uncredited)

Natalie Wood ... Carrie (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Pichel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nunnally Johnson  writer
John Steinbeck  novel "The Moon Is Down"

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller  (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Maurice Ransford 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
N'was McKenzie 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Dudley .... assistant director
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special effects
Audrey Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
David Buttolph .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Hal Waller .... technical advisor (as H.M. Waller)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 30, 1943 with Cedric Hardwicke reprising his film role.See more »
Lt. Tonder:Last night I dreamed that Hitler was crazy!See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A rousing WWII propaganda picture., 7 February 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

If you are looking for a realistic portrayal of WWII and the German occupation of Norway, perhaps this isn't the best film ("The Heroes of Telemark" is probably better for that). This is NOT a criticism of "The Moon is Down" fact it's a very good film and did its job of inspiring the American people during WWII.

The film is set in Norway just before the German invasion of 1940. The townspeople in a small mining town are all happy and oblivious to the coming stampede. Soon Nazis flood the country and their leader in the town (Cedric Hardwicke) has one obedience from the people. To do so, they'll kill as many people as they need to in order to keep the iron mine opening and running at capacity. But the locals cannot stand their new German overlords and throughout the film, they work to undermine the occupiers...even at the risk of their lives. This all leads to a VERY rousing finale-- one that still packs a powerful punch today.

This Twentieth Century Fox film is interesting because it shows the Germans as being brutal...but no more so than they actually were in their occupied territories! Instead of focusing too much on this, the movie really centers on the resistance of the Norwegians. An inspiring and well made film based on a story from John Steinbeck of all people. Well worth seeing.

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