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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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Storyline

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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The Most Important Picture of 1943! See more »

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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 »

Company Credits

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

Over the years, THE MOON IS DOWN has been incorrectly credited as Natalie Wood's feature film debut. It's not. Natalie Wood does not appear in this film. 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

Ja, vi elsker dette landet (Yes, we love this country)
National anthem of Norway
Music by Rikard Nordraak
Lyrics by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
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wartime occupation movie
3 January 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

The Germans invade Norway. Mayor Orden (Henry Travers) is a respected leader of the small port town Selvik. Their young men are off to train when an invasion takes them by surprise. They are ambushed by the Germans led by Colonel Lanser (Cedric Hardwicke). George Corell is the traitorous storekeeper and Dr. Albert Winter (Lee J. Cobb) calls him out. Lanser needs the iron mines to continue operating and demands cooperation from Orden's town.

This is adapted from author John Steinbeck's novel. It is solidly made with good actors. It's more of an intellectual work rather than a visceral thriller. There are some long exchanges which dig into the concepts of occupation. It keeps the movie somewhat static and the intensity suppressed. It doesn't shy away from the brutality but it's not an action movie. This is a solid fairly realistic wartime movie rallying the peoples under occupation. As propaganda, it is heroic and hits many of the right notes.


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