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Thunder Rock (1942)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy, War | 16 September 1944 (USA)
A cynical, embittered newspaperman is tormented, then inspired, by visions he keeps having of people who have drowned.

Director:

Roy Boulting

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (by), Jeffrey Dell (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... David Charleston
Barbara Mullen ... Ellen Kirby
James Mason ... Streeter
Lilli Palmer ... Melanie
Finlay Currie ... Captain Joshua
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Dr. Kurtz
Sybille Binder ... Anne Marie
Frederick Cooper Frederick Cooper ... Briggs
Jean Shepeard Jean Shepeard ... Mrs. Briggs
Barry Morse ... Robert
George Carney ... Harry
Miles Malleson ... Chairman of Directors
Bryan Herbert Bryan Herbert ... Flanning (as Brian Herbert)
James Pirrie James Pirrie ... New Pilot
A.E. Matthews ... Mr. Kirby
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Storyline

David Charleston, once a world renowned journalist, now lives alone maintaining the Thunder Rock lighthouse in Lake Michigan. He doesn't cash is paychecks and has no contact other than the monthly inspector's visit. When alone, he imagines conversations with those who died when a 19th century packet ship with some 60 passengers sank. He imagines their lives, their problems their fears and their hopes. In one of these conversations he recalls his own efforts in the 1930s when he tried desperately to convince first his editors and later the public of the dangers of fascism and the inevitability of war. Few would listen. One of the passengers, a spinster, tells her story of seeking independence from a world dominated by men. There's also the case of a doctor who is banished for using unacceptable methods. David has given up on life but the imaginary passengers give him hope for the future Written by garykmcd

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Strange Emotion Stir the Pulse...when LOVE and PASSION clash in the world's loneliest outpost!

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De döda skeppens fyr See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Mullen is playing a forty year old spinster yet in reality she was only 28. See more »

Quotes

David Charleston: This isn't optimism. I know!
Dr. Stefan Kurtz: I also knew when I was young.
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Version of Theatre Night: Thunder Rock (1985) See more »

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being a war correspondent means you'll see ghosts
6 September 2015 | by becky-bradwaySee all my reviews

Holy sh*t, was this a peculiar movie! Slow moving but oddly compelling look at a writer's psyche. A war correspondent desperately wants to awaken Britain's awareness of fascism and the inevitable war and dismally fails -- and this is all shown in flashback. The correspondent is shown as an isolated fellow in a lighthouse on the Great Lakes, post-war, who becomes obsessed with the story of drowned immigrants who never reach the lighthouse a hundred years before (get the connection?), dying at sea. And the story then becomes what he imagines their lives to have been, growing in complexity and realism as he comes to terms with his own defeats. I've never seen the writing process so accurately shown in a film as he talks to the characters in his mind and continues to revise their lives before our eyes. An ambitious film that doesn't entirely work, but that I found fascinating and moving. Michael Redgrave is terrific, too, and James Mason, who appears too briefly, has a really cute wave in his hair (ha).


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