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Peer Gynt (1941)

Not Rated | | Adventure | 25 August 1941 (USA)
Gynt, a complete opposite of a hero, is banished from his village for his (in)actions. He then travels the world with more or less the same result.

Director:

David Bradley

Writers:

David Bradley, Henrik Ibsen (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Peer Gynt
Betty Hanisee Betty Hanisee ... Aase
Mrs. Hubert Hyde Mrs. Hubert Hyde ... Old Woman
Lucielle Powell Lucielle Powell ... Kari
Sue Straub Sue Straub ... Old Woman
Charles Paetow Charles Paetow ... Aslak
Katharine Bradley Katharine Bradley ... Solveig
Morris Wilson Morris Wilson ... Haegstad
George B. Moll George B. Moll ... Drunk / Bedouian Chief
Betty Barton Betty Barton ... Ingrid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rose Andrews Rose Andrews ... Anitra
Alice Badgerow Alice Badgerow ... Cowherd Girl
Anty Ball Anty Ball ... Cowherd Girl
Thomas A. Blair Thomas A. Blair ... Button Moulder / Thin Person
David Bradley David Bradley ... Herr Trumpeterstraale / Bailiff
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Gynt, a complete opposite of a hero, is banished from his village for his (in)actions. He then travels the world with more or less the same result.

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Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmette, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bradley Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Charlton Heston. See more »

Alternate Versions

New footage and Francis X. Bushman narration added for 1965 reissue. See more »

Connections

Version of Cameo Theatre: Peer Gynt: Part 3 (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Peer Gynt Suite
Composed by Edvard Grieg
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Very low budget silent adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play...
18 December 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... from screenwriter and director David Bradley. Charlton Heston stars as the title character, a self-centered, aimless lout who upsets everyone in his Norwegian village, so he sets out to make a name for himself, with mixed results. Also featuring Betty Hanisee, Lucielle Powell, Charles Paetow, Morris Wilson, and Betty Barton.

This was an independently made effort, with a budget so minuscule that sound was not an option, so instead the movie is silent with intertitles, and only Edvard Grieg's music on the soundtrack. Peer Gynt is a title that I've heard for many years, but this is the first time that I've ever seen a production of it, so I had no idea what the story was about or really anything about it. After sitting through this, I'm still not quite sure what the point of it is, and I can't say that I'm impressed at all with what I could gather of the source material. Director Bradley makes use of lots of stock footage to try and build up his production, but the bare bones quality shows through all too often. The cast of local amateurs is exactly what you'd think they'd be, and while the 17-year-old Heston, making his movie debut, is undoubtedly the draw of the movie (I'm fairly certain it would have disappeared completely by now if not for his presence), he's not very good at this point.


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