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Pastor Hall (1940)

This film is based on the true story of Pastor Martin Neimuller, who was sent to Dachau concentration camp for criticising the Nazi party. The small German village of Altdorf in the 1930's ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Boulting

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Ernst Toller (story), Leslie Arliss (screen story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilfrid Lawson ... Pastor Frederick Hall
Nova Pilbeam ... Christine Hall
Seymour Hicks ... General von Grotjahn
Marius Goring ... Fritz Gerte
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Werner von Grotjahn
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Herr Veit
Lina Barrie Lina Barrie ... Lina Veit
Eliot Makeham ... Pippermann
Peter Cotes Peter Cotes ... Erwin Kohn
Edmund Willard Edmund Willard ... Freundlich
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... Nazi Pastor
Bernard Miles ... Heinrich Degan
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... Vogel
John Salew John Salew
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This film is based on the true story of Pastor Martin Neimuller, who was sent to Dachau concentration camp for criticising the Nazi party. The small German village of Altdorf in the 1930's has to come to terms with Chancellor Hitler and the arrival of a platoon of Stormtroopers (preceded by a flock of sheep - subtle). The Stormtrooper go about teaching and enforcing 'The New Order' but Pastor Hall is a kind and gentle man who won't be cowed. Some villagers join the Nazi party avidly, some just go along with things, hoping for a quiet life but Pastor Hall takes his convictions to the pulpit. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El mártir See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to his memoirs, the 12 tone composer Humphrey Searle wrote music for this film. See more »

Quotes

Pastor Frederick Hall: Oh you're a stormtrooper now, are you?
Heinrich Degan: Well, it's a job, Herr Pastor. I've been out of work so long.
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The story of the individual in Europe during the past decade has shown us how much more potent is Truth when compared to fiction. "Pastor Hall" is based on authentic, verified facts See more »

Alternate Versions

The US version had a prologue read by Eleanor Roosevelt (the First Lady) to emphasise that the Nazi concentration camps WERE as bad as depicted (in fact they were MUCH worse). See more »

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Featured in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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Hidden Treasure
15 April 2002 | by mrskywalkerSee all my reviews

This is a fine film which essentially chronicles the early takeover of Germany by the Nazi Party. It tells the true story of a German pastor who stands up to the Nazi Machine. In many ways it tells the early story of the origins of resistance movements to totalitarian and evil regimes. It also is well acted and realistically portrayed. It unfortunately is extremely rare.


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