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The Moon Is Down (1943)

When the Germans invade Norway their Commandant and the town Mayor confront each other, attempting to maintain civility as far as possible. When the army tries to orgnanize townspeople to ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson, John Steinbeck (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cedric Hardwicke ... Colonel Lanser
Henry Travers ... Mayor Orden
Lee J. Cobb ... Dr. Albert Winter
Dorris Bowdon ... Molly Morden
Margaret Wycherly ... Mme. Sarah Orden
Peter van Eyck ... Lt. Tonder
William Post Jr. ... Alex Morden
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Capt. Loft
E.J. Ballantine E.J. Ballantine ... George Corell
Hans Schumm ... Capt. Bentick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederic Brunn Frederic Brunn ... German Soldier (as Frederick Brunn)
Ernst Deutsch Ernst Deutsch ... Maj. Hunter (as Ernest Dorian)
Ludwig Donath ... Hitler's Voice (as Louis Donath)
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When the Germans invade Norway their Commandant and the town Mayor confront each other, attempting to maintain civility as far as possible. When the army tries to orgnanize townspeople to work for them sabotage which is at first humorous turns serious, resulting in death on both sides. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Se ha puesto la luna See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 30, 1943 with Cedric Hardwicke reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Molly opens the drawer twice between shots to get the scissors. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Tonder: Last night I dreamed that Hitler was crazy!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a hand gesturing to a map of Norway, indicating what is about to take place in the film. See more »

Soundtracks

Das Englandlied (We're Sailing Against England)
German military song
Lyrics based on a poem by Hermann Löns
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Occupational Hazards
7 May 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the better World War II propaganda films it has stood the test of time far better than a lot in the era. Possibly because the original source was a novel by one of America's best known authors John Steinbeck.

The story is about the Nazi occupation in a small Norwegian town and it is told from the viewpoint of both the conquered and the conquerors. As such in one of the few films of the era, Nazis are presented as three dimensional people and not just merciless Huns. The film also has no box office name stars which in the long run has probably helped with authenticity.

The Nazis invaded and occupied Norway to gain control of its long Atlantic coast line and prevent supplies from getting to the Soviet Union from Archangel and Murmansk. Except in certain circumstances the interior was left alone. This was one of those circumstances.

The town here has an iron mine which is the chief employer. The Reich wanted that mine, wanted the iron ore production stepped up, hence the occupation. Cedric Hardwicke is the commander of the occupying Nazi army and he deals with the occupational hazards of garrisoning a hostile town and making slave labor of its citizens.

Henry Travers is the mayor and Lee J. Cobb the town doctor and the leading two citizens of the town. Hardwicke tries to work with them and Travers especially tries to explain that you folks just aren't wanted. Hardwicke in fact deliberately refuses to remove Travers from office to put the local Quisling E.J. Ballantine in his place. In the end though he falls back on standard Nazi methods.

Ballantine should be singled out. He did not make too many film appearances and The Moon Is Down is his first. But even Hardwicke and his troops can't stand a traitor.

Peter Van Eyck has an interesting role too. The Scandinavians were viewed in the Nazi racial pecking order as fellow Aryans and the bad reception they got when taking over Denmark and Norway was a bit unsettling to their troops. They were told that occupation and the chance to join the Reich would be welcomed. Van Eyck who's a country kid tries to make friends and it unnerves the hate that he's given in return.

This film is a real gem from the World War II years. It should be rediscovered and evaluated as one of the best films of the era.


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