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The North Star (Armored Attack) (1943)

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In this bit of WWII propaganda (designed to boost support of America's alliance with Russia against Germany), Kolya (Dana Andrews), Kurin (Walter Huston), Damian (Farley Granger), and Marina (Anne Baxter) are members of a farming collective in the Ukraine known as the North Star. The hard-working but happy members of the North Star find their way of life shattered when Germany, in defiance of previous treaties, storms the nation and begins a brutal occupation. Dr. Otto Von Harden (Erich Von Stroheim) begins gathering children -- who are to be used for blood transfusions and medical experiments. Many of the outraged farmers take to the hills to fight with the anti-Nazi resistance, while those who stay behind bravely destroy precious crops and materiel rather than turn them over to the Nazi war machine. Producer Samuel Goldwyn made The North Star at the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (whose son James was an executive at Goldwyn's studio). Ironically, several members of the film's creative team (including screenwriter Lilian Hellman) later found their motivations for making the film questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee, who declared it Communist propaganda. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Walter Huston
as Dr. Kurin
Jane Withers
as Claudia
Erich von Stroheim
as Dr. Otto Von Harden
Martin Kosleck
as Dr. Max Richter
Tonio Selwart
as German Captain
Peter Pohlenz
as German Lieutenant
Gene O'Donnell
as Russian Gunner
Robert Lowery
as Russian Pilot
George Lynn
as German Pilot
Minna Phillips
as Old Lady in Wagon
Bill Walker
as Young Men in Wagon
Art Baker
as Radio Voice
Clarence Straight
as Young Men in Wagon
Jerry Mickelsen
as Farmer's Son
Grace Cunard
as Farmer's Wife
Henry Hall
as Farmer
John Judd
as Farmer
Bill Borzage
as Accordian Player in Wagon
Emma Dunn
as Old Lady
Sarah Padden
as Old Lady
Teddy Infur
as Little Stinker
Grace Lenard
as Woman on Bridge
Loudie Claar
as Woman on Hospital Cot
Lynne Winthrop
as Guerrilla Girl
Joyce Tucker
as Little Girl in Hospital
John Bagni
as Guard at Desk
John Beverly
as Orderly
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink
as Doctor's Assistant
Frederic Brunn
as German Motorcycle Officer
Ray Teal
as German Motorcycle Officer
Crane Whitley
as German Soldier
Lane Chandler
as Guerrilla
Harry Strang
as Guerrilla
Serge Protzenko
as Accordion Player
Ilia Khmara
as Accordion Player
Constant Franke
as Boris' Aide
Florence Auer
as Woman Farmer
Tommy Hall
as Specialty Dancer
Ronn Harvin
as Specialty Dancer
George Kole
as Specialty Dancer
Jack Vlaskin
as Specialty Dancer
William Sabbot
as Specialty Dancer
Clair Freeman
as Specialty Dancer
Eric Braunsteiner
as Specialty Dancer
Tamara Laub
as Specialty Dancer
Marie Vlaskin
as Specialty Dancer
Inna Gest
as Specialty Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The North Star (Armored Attack)

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Hokey.

Full Review… | January 25, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A prime example of how Hollywood reflected the changing political climate: When Lewis Milestone's film was made, the Soviet Union was an ally but after WWII some of its makers removed their name, while others like writer Lilian Hellman were blacklisted.

Full Review… | July 22, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for The North Star (Armored Attack)

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FINE WWII PROPOGANDA FILM, THIS ONE DEALING WITH ORDINARY RUSSIANS DEALING WITH THE ONSLAUGHT OF THE NAZIS. WRITTEN BY LILLIAN HELMOND AND DIRECTED BY LEWIS MILESTONE - THIS ALONE LIFTS IT ABOVE MOST FILMS OF ITS KIND. ROUSING SCORE. INTERESTING CAST

James Higgins
James Higgins

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/44/108544.jpg[/img][/center] [left]This film borders on preachiness, but damn Milestone and Hellman had gigantic guts to make a film of this nature. The film captures the essence of the Russian people and really characterizes them as compassionate human beings. The films finale is harsh and far too preachy. Unlike Chaplin's final monologue in The Great Dictator, this films dialogue is beyond preachy; it's almost as if the screenwriters were desperately pleading to the audience at gunpoint. It eventually becomes tiring, but the story develops in a well-fashioned manner. All-in-all, this is one gutsy, intriguing film filled with insightful comments on war in general. Watch it, although it doesn't have a DVD treatment as of now.[/left]

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