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Nunnally Johnson (writer)
John Steinbeck (novel)
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Release Date:
23 November 1944 (Sweden) 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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  (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?

Filmed on the same sets used for the Welsh mining village in How Green Was My Valley (1941).See more »
Lt. Tonder:Last night I dreamed that Hitler was crazy!See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Occupational Hazards, 7 May 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of the better World War II propaganda films it has stood the test of time far better than a lot in the era. Possibly because the original source was a novel by one of America's best known authors John Steinbeck.

The story is about the Nazi occupation in a small Norwegian town and it is told from the viewpoint of both the conquered and the conquerors. As such in one of the few films of the era, Nazis are presented as three dimensional people and not just merciless Huns. The film also has no box office name stars which in the long run has probably helped with authenticity.

The Nazis invaded and occupied Norway to gain control of its long Atlantic coast line and prevent supplies from getting to the Soviet Union from Archangel and Murmansk. Except in certain circumstances the interior was left alone. This was one of those circumstances.

The town here has an iron mine which is the chief employer. The Reich wanted that mine, wanted the iron ore production stepped up, hence the occupation. Cedric Hardwicke is the commander of the occupying Nazi army and he deals with the occupational hazards of garrisoning a hostile town and making slave labor of its citizens.

Henry Travers is the mayor and Lee J. Cobb the town doctor and the leading two citizens of the town. Hardwicke tries to work with them and Travers especially tries to explain that you folks just aren't wanted. Hardwicke in fact deliberately refuses to remove Travers from office to put the local Quisling E.J. Ballantine in his place. In the end though he falls back on standard Nazi methods.

Ballantine should be singled out. He did not make too many film appearances and The Moon Is Down is his first. But even Hardwicke and his troops can't stand a traitor.

Peter Van Eyck has an interesting role too. The Scandinavians were viewed in the Nazi racial pecking order as fellow Aryans and the bad reception they got when taking over Denmark and Norway was a bit unsettling to their troops. They were told that occupation and the chance to join the Reich would be welcomed. Van Eyck who's a country kid tries to make friends and it unnerves the hate that he's given in return.

This film is a real gem from the World War II years. It should be rediscovered and evaluated as one of the best films of the era.

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