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Trygve Gulbranssen (novel)
Kurt Heuser (writer)
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Release Date:
15 September 1959 (West Germany) See more »
For centuries, the Norwegian Björndal family has been gaining wealth and prestige, painstakingly conquering... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gert Fröbe ... Dag sen.
Hansjörg Felmy ... Tore
Joachim Hansen ... Young Dag
Carl Lange ... Mr. von Gall
Anna Smolik ... Elisabeth von Gall
Hans Nielsen ... Major Barre
Maj-Britt Nilsson ... Adelheid
Elisabeth Epp ... Jungfer Kruse
Jürgen Goslar ... Lt. Margas
Hanns Ernst Jäger ... Der Hoveländer
Hilde Schreiber ... Seine Tochter Borghild
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fritz Hinz-Fabricius ... Pfarrer Ramer
Franz Schafheitlin ... Kaufmann Holder - Schwager des alten Dag
Peter Schmidberger ... Jörn Vielfalt auf Björndal
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Directed by
Paul May 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Trygve Gulbranssen  novel
Kurt Heuser  writer

Produced by
Heinz Pollak .... producer
Alfred Stöger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rolf A. Wilhelm 
Cinematography by
Elio Carniel 
Film Editing by
Renate Jelinek 
Production Design by
Leo Metzenbauer 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Flemming 
Margarethe Volters 
Makeup Department
Margarethe Standegger .... makeup artist
Ladislaus Valicek .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gerald Martell .... unit manager
Jakob Palle .... unit manager
Rudolf Stering .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Stumpf .... assistant director
Sound Department
Herbert Janeczka .... sound
Alfred Norkus .... dialogue recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Augusto Carniel .... camera operator
Other crew
Jakob Palle .... location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Und ewig singen die Wälder" - Austria (original title)
"Beyond Sing the Woods" - USA (TV title)
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Revealing mistakes: The bear is obviously a man in a bearskin during the short fight.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Heritage of Bjorndal (1960)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Author: jan onderwater from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Family feuds, nature, destructive jealousy, waterfalls, you name it, it is here in this well-done adaptation of the Trygve Gulbranssen novel. You have to be a fan of this trashy literature to fully appreciate the film, but both Paul May and the cast took it seriously and do a convincing job. There are some scenes (Like the transport of the trees via the waterfall) that make this a slightly above-average film; the cinematography of the countryside, the mountains and the waterfall is nice, but indoor cinematography is mainly flat. Gert Fröbe is fine as Old Dag, which part is the best written; other parts are too shallow.

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