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The Moon Is Down (1943)

The Moon Is Down





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In this downbeat drama based on a novel by John Steinbeck (which was also adapted for the stage), German troops invade Norway during WWII, and Nazi forces occupy a small town. Col. Lanser (Cedric Hardwicke), the officer in charge of the occupation, believes that reason and the illusion of cooperation will achieve more than open hostility against the townspeople, and he tries to persuade the city fathers to work with him. However, an anti-Nazi resistance force soon springs into action, and they begin sabotaging German installations and materiel and assassinating Axis officers. Mayor Orden (Henry Travers) gently but stubbornly refuses to assist Lanser in any way, as he tacitly aids the resistance movement. Eventually, Lanser is forced to respond to the continuing anti-Nazi actions with a series of arrests and executions, but the Norwegians bravely remain steadfast against the enemies to the end. One of the children in the village is played by Natalie Wood, who was a mere five years old at the time (it was her second film, following a small role in Happy Land).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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Written By: Nunnally Johnson
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Cedric Hardwicke
as Col. Lanser
Lee J Cobb
as Dr. Winter
Henry Travers
as Mayor Orden
Doris Bowden
as Molly Morden
Dorris Bowden
as Molly Morden
Peter van Eyck
as Lt. Tonder
Henry Rowland
as Capt. Loft
E.J. Ballantine
as George Corell
Irving Pichel
as Inn Keeper
Violette Wilson
as Peder's Wife
Hans Schumm
as Capt. Bentick
Ernst Dorian
as Major Hunter
Ernst Deutsch
as Maj. Hunter
John Banner
as Lt. Prackle
Ian Wolfe
as Joseph
Kurt Kreuger
as Orderly
Jeff Corey
as Albert
Louis V. Arco
as Schumann
John Mylong
as Staff Officer
Otto Reichow
as Sergeant
William Post Jr.
as Alex Morden
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
New York Times
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The film's main problem is that it achieves one of the things it sets out to do: it makes the Norwegians faceless and anonymous.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
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