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The Mortal Storm (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 14 June 1940 (USA)
The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Claudine West (screen play), Hans Rameau (screen play) (as Andersen Ellis) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Sullavan ... Freya Roth
James Stewart ... Martin Breitner
Robert Young ... Fritz Marberg
Frank Morgan ... Professor Viktor Roth
Robert Stack ... Otto Von Rohn
Bonita Granville ... Elsa
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Emilia Roth
William T. Orr ... Erich Von Rohn
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Mrs. Hilda Breitner
Gene Reynolds ... Rudi Roth
Russell Hicks ... Rector
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Lehman
Esther Dale ... Marta
Dan Dailey ... Holl (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Granville Bates ... Professor Berg
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Storyline

Interesting to note that the film was made in 1940, one year before America's entry into the European war against Hitler. The movie depicts Germany in 1933. In 1938 the 'night of broken glass' took place. Interesting to note the attitudes portrayed in the film, definitely anti-Nazi. Written by Matt Goodwin

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tempête qui tue See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television showing in Seattle Wednesday 6 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Cincinnati 14 April 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Norfolk VA 27 April 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Hartford CT 4 May 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Chicago 21 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by New York City 17 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) . by Philadelphia 31 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Minneapolis 4 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and by Los Angeles 28 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first aired 3 March 1959 on KGO (Channel 7. See more »

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Although the story takes place in 1933, Margaret Sullavan's hairstyle and clothing are strictly in the 1940 mode. See more »

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[first lines]
[white clouds appear; they quickly turn to storm clouds]
Narrator: When man was new upon the earth, he was frightened by the dangers of the elements. He cried out, "The gods of the lightning are angry, and I must kill my fellow man to appease them!" As man grew bolder, he created shelters against the wind and the rain and made harmless the force of the lightning. But within man himself were elements strong as the wind and terrible as the lightning. And he denied the existence of these ...
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One Of The 10 Best Films Made In The 20th Century
27 December 2000 | by hoyteiiiSee all my reviews

I have been an avid film buff for many years, and I thought I had seen all of the best, until I first saw "The Mortal Storm" in 1989 on late night television. This film which is from the novel by Phyllis Bottome, is without question one of the most well constructed films I have ever seen. This film was produced and released in 1940, before World War II was declared, and was a very courageous undertaking, considering the subject matter. But then Metro Goldwyn Mayer was noted for doing almost the impossible. The character study of these individuals, whose lives are totally disrupted is remarkable. This film should be shown to every student who is learning the true facts about world history. Personally I rate this film with an A+.


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