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The Mortal Storm ()


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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... See more »

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Freya Roth
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Martin Breitner
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Fritz Marberg
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Professor Viktor Roth
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Otto Von Rohn
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Elsa
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Mrs. Emilia Roth
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Erich Von Rohn
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Mrs. Hilda Breitner
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Rudi Roth
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Rector
William Edmunds ...
Lehman
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Marta
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Holl (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
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Professor Berg
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Professor Werner (as Thomas Ross)
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Franz
Sue Moore ...
Theresa
Harry Depp ...
2nd Colleague
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3rd Colleague
Gus Glassmire ...
4th Colleague
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Rudolph Anders ...
Gestapo Official Hartman (uncredited)
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Old Man (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Student in Second Classroom Scene (uncredited)
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Passport Official on Train (uncredited)
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Cafe Waiter (uncredited)
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Old Man on Train (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ...
Concentration Camp Guard (uncredited)
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Passport Official on Train (uncredited)
Dick Rich ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Fat Song Leader in Cafe (uncredited)
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Old Woman on Train (uncredited)
John Stark ...
Gestapo Official (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ...
Gestapo Guard (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited)
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Nazi Clerk (uncredited)
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Gestapo Official Confiscating Book on Train (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ...
Trailer Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
Robert Willey ...
Student Speaking in Latin (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Borzage

Written by

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Claudine West ... (screen play) &
Hans Rameau ... (screen play) (as Andersen Ellis) and
George Froeschel ... (screen play)
 
Phyllis Bottome ... (based on the book by)

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Frank Borzage ... producer (uncredited)
Victor Saville ... producer (uncredited)

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Edward Kane
Bronislau Kaper ... (uncredited)
Eugene Zador ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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William H. Daniels ... director of photography (as William Daniels)
Lloyd Knechtel ... (uncredited)
Leonard Smith ... (uncredited)

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Elmo Veron ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

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Adrian ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Jack Dawn ... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist: Miss Sullavan

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lew Borzage ... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Rosson ... second unit director (uncredited)
Sandy Roth ... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Shenberg ... assistant director (uncredited)
Walter Strohm ... assistant director (uncredited)
Dolph Zimmer ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Wade B. Rubottom ... associate art director

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gile Steele ... costumes: men

Music Department

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George Bassman ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Murray Cutter ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Minnie Louise Haskins ... closing quotation: "Gate of the Year"
O.S. Greeley ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Henry Noerdlinger ... technical director (uncredited)
John Taggart ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • La tempête qui tue (France)
  • Tormenta mortal (Spain)
  • Смертельный шторм (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Ölüm Firtinasi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Tempestade Mortal (Portugal)
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  • 100 min
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Trivia Nazi leader Adolf Hitler banned this film from release in Germany because of its strong anti-Nazi sentiments. In addition, all MGM films from that point until the end of the war were also banned in Germany because the studio made this one. See more »
Goofs In the beginning of the film it is morning but the maid says that "the telegrams have been coming all day long". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940). See more »
Soundtracks Gaudeamus Igitur See more »
Quotes [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 elements, because he dared not face them. The tale we are about to tell is of the mortal storm in which man finds himself today. Again he is crying, "I must kill my fellow man!" Our story asks, "How soon will man find wisdom in his heart and build a lasting shelter against his ignorant fears?"
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