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Release Date:
7 May 1943 (USA) See more »
A mild-mannered school-teacher in a Nazi-occupied town during W.W.II finds himself being torn between collaboration and resistance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Albert Lory

Maureen O'Hara ... Louise Martin

George Sanders ... George Lambert

Walter Slezak ... Major Erich von Keller

Kent Smith ... Paul Martin

Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Emma Lory

Philip Merivale ... Professor Sorel

Thurston Hall ... Mayor Henry Manville

George Coulouris ... Prosecutor

Nancy Gates ... Julie Grant
Ivan F. Simpson ... Judge (as Ivan Simpson)
John Donat ... Edmund Lorraine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahlm ... German Second Lieutenant (uncredited)
Frank Alten ... Captain Schwartz (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... German Sergeant (uncredited)

John Banner ... German Sergeant (uncredited)

Joan Barclay ... Young Woman (uncredited)

Trevor Bardette ... Courtroom Guard Who Brings Albert's Notes (uncredited)
Linda Bieber ... Emily - Schoolgirl (uncredited)

Tommy Bond ... Pug-nosed School Bully (uncredited)

Sven Hugo Borg ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Leo Bulgakov ... Little Fat Man (uncredited)

Bobby Burns ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

George M. Carleton ... Mr. Noble - Jury Foreman and Butcher (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Mr. Lorraine (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... First Lieutenant (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... German Soldier (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)

Ludwig Donath ... German Captain (uncredited)
Margaret Fealy ... Old Woman (uncredited)

Hans Fuerberg ... Kurt - German Soldier (uncredited)
Babe Green ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ernest Grooney ... Priest (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Girl (uncredited)
Mildred Hardy ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man Knocked Down on Sidewalk / Townsman Shot by Firing Squad (uncredited)
Ariel Heath ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Woman in Window (uncredited)

Otto Hoffman ... Victor - Printer (uncredited)
Russell Hoyt ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Lloyd Ingraham ... Man with Paper on Street (uncredited)
Elmer Jerome ... Man in Window (uncredited)
Casey Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)
Terrellyne Johnson ... Girl (uncredited)
P.J. Kelly ... Judge (uncredited)
David Kirkland ... Judge (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette ... Woman on Street (uncredited)
Gabriel Lenoff ... German First Lieutenant (uncredited)
Oscar Loraine ... Clerk (uncredited)

Theodore Lorch ... Juror (uncredited)

George MacQuarrie ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Hal Malone ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
Jack Martin ... German Captain (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Woman in Bathroom (uncredited)
Ed McNamara ... Policeman (uncredited)
Freddie Mercer ... Boy in Classroom (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... German Chauffeur (uncredited)

Barbara Moffett ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Rudolf Myzet ... German Soldier (uncredited)
O'Neill Nolan ... Henry (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Night Switchman (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Juror (uncredited)
Lillian O'Malley ... Woman in Street (uncredited)
Paul Parry ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
June Pickerell ... Woman in Window (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Old Man (uncredited)
John Rice ... Burly Cop (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Karl - German Soldier (uncredited)

Hans Schumm ... German Sergeant Who Pushes Albert (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Burly Cop (uncredited)
Ida Shoemaker ... Woman in Street (uncredited)
George Sorel ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... German Sergeant on Street (uncredited)
Gus Taillon ... Newsman (uncredited)
Walter Thiele ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Bob Thom ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Nicholas Vehr ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Soldier Who Gets Slapped (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Mrs. Lorraine (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Otto - German Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screenplay)

Jean Renoir  uncredited

Produced by
Eugène Lourié .... associate producer (uncredited)
Dudley Nichols .... producer (uncredited)
Jean Renoir .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lothar Perl 
Cinematography by
Frank Redman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
Production Design by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourié)
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields (set decorations) (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Donahue .... assistant director
Sound Department
James G. Stewart .... rerecordist
John E. Tribby .... recordist
Stephen Dunn .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Terry Kellum .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Leo Bulgakov .... dialogue director
R. Cassel .... stand-in (uncredited)
E.L. Dale .... stand-in (uncredited)
Heinrich Heine .... poet: "Die Lorelei" (uncredited)
Skeets Noyes .... stand-in (uncredited)
R. Ross .... stand-in (uncredited)
S. Shanon .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mary Stuart .... photo double (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-15 (2005) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2007) | USA:Approved (PCA #8904) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The singing of "Die Lorelei" by the German soldiers was a subtle dig at the anti-semitic regime of the Nazis, since the words were written by banned Jewish poet Heinrich Heine. Many of his books, considered "un-German," were burned in the book-burning episode at Opernplatz, Berlin, Germany, on 10 May 1933. However, his works were so popular that they were still published, but "author unknown" was the listed writer. In his 1821 play "Almansor," Heine also prophetically wrote "Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen." ("Where they burned books, they will in the end in burn people.")See more »
Anachronisms: The German tanks seen at the beginning are actually American M1917 tanks which are based on the French Renault FT-17 light tanks from World War I. The Germans captured from the French in 1940 and used them for security and airfield roles.See more »
Professor Sorel:It's very difficult surgical operation. Cut the heart out without killing the patient. The history of our country, however, is a very tough old patient, and we'll do the best we can.See more »
Movie Connections:
Die LoreleiSee more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A fine positive propaganda film..., 11 December 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This film was set in an unnamed nation that was just conquered by the Nazis. Given the statue of the WWI soldier at the beginning of the movie, it probably was intended as either Belgium or France (given the style uniform on the statue). However, in an odd Hollywood decision, the cast was made up of a wide variety of actors and accents--such as the very American Kent Smith, the Irish Maureen O'Hara, Englishman Charles Laughton and the very cultured George Sanders (who hailed from Russia from English parents). It was also confusing because the country was just conquered and yet by this point the Americans were apparently in the war (meaning it most likely occurred in 1942 or 43)--and no nation fit this pattern. All were fine actors, however, and the excellent writing made me forget about all this.

The story of this fictional nation is all about collaboration versus resistance. Some are obviously evil and seem to like the Germans--or at least look to get rich off the suffering of their own people. Some appear to be collaborators but are actually brave resistance fighters. And Laughton is a nice case--a very wimpy 'everyman' who eventually finds his strength of character through the course of the film.

While some might find this all a bit hokey, the film was an excellent piece of positive propaganda. It must have been incredibly rousing when it debuted and according to IMDb it set box office records. Good acting and a nice script make this one of the better films of its type--well worth watching and memorable--especially for Laughton's fine characterization as well as his impressive speech near the end.

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