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Edge of Darkness (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 24 April 1943 (USA)
After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), William Woods (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Gunnar Brogge
Ann Sheridan ... Karen Stensgard
Walter Huston ... Dr. Martin Stensgard
Nancy Coleman ... Katja
Helmut Dantine ... Capt. Koenig
Judith Anderson ... Gerd Bjarnesen
Ruth Gordon ... Anna Stensgard
John Beal ... Johann Stensgard
Morris Carnovsky ... Sixtus Andresen
Charles Dingle ... Kaspar Torgerson
Roman Bohnen ... Lars Malken
Richard Fraser ... Pastor Aalesen
Art Smith ... Knut Osterholm
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Storyline

It's two years after the Nazi's invasion of Norway and in a small fishing village that is headquarters to 150 German soldiers, the 800 locals are stewing, waiting for a supply of arms so they can revolt. Leaders include Karen Stensgard, whose father is the town's doctor and not all that sure that an open revolt will accomplish much and whose brother has proven disloyal to Norway previously, and Gunnar Brogge, a fisherman who was planning to sail to England to fight but changed his mind on hearing of English arms being delivered. Although the Nazi's cruelty is evident, the townspeople bide their time, until one incident causes the stewpot to boil over. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A story incomparable of a people unconquerable.

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Norway in Revolt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,653,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Minister of St. Olav's Church for Norwegian Seamen, Hans Stesness, acted as a a technical adviser for the religious scenes. St. Olav's is situated in the harbor city of San Pedro, CA, and is now known as the Norwegian Seamen's Church, San Pedro. It is part of the Norwegian Church Abroad. Richard Fraser, playing village Pastor Aalesen, was loaned a robe by Pastor Stessness to wear in this film. See more »

Goofs

When the doctor is treating a wounded villager, Flynn's character is holding a lantern for lighting. The lantern is a U.S. railroad lantern. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Martin Stensgard: Sixtus Andressen, you're a man for whom we all have respect. You have taught our children... even some of us. We have found you to be wise. Surely in this matter, your wisdom...
Mortensen - Tailor: He's fallen asleep.
Sixtus Andresen: No, no, I was not asleep. I was thinking what to say when you asked me, and I knew that you would ask me. What can I say to you? How can I advise you? I've find now that I've lived more than 70 years, and all I know, I know from books, and in all the books I've read, not one do I remember that gives ...
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Connections

Referenced in Shadows (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)
(uncredited)
Traditional German hymn
Lyrics by Martin Luther (1535)
English translation by Frederick H. Hedge (1853)
Played and sung offscreen by an unidentified chorus during the opening credits, in the church,
and at the end
Variations in the score throughout
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Comment on Roosevelt's over voice at the end of the film.
6 August 2004 | by wgmcs6See all my reviews

I am old enough to have seen "Edge of Darkness" first run during WWII, and believe me this was a powerful movie for a 13 year old during the war. I've always remembered the effect of President Roosevelt's over voice message at the end of the film. For those who haven't seen this film the message was an excerpt from a speech he made probably in late 1940 or 41, and it refers to the resistance of the people of Norway to the occupation by the Nazis. I wouldn't doubt that it is possible that this speech was the inspiration for the novel from which the film is based. Yes, the way this over voice was used was a wartime "message" or propaganda if you will, but having seen and re-seen every war film made during WWII, I think this was about the best use of wartime messages.


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