Edge of Darkness

Overview

The Norwegian resistance to the Nazi occupation of their country inspired several wartime films from Hollywood, including this Warner Bros. production, filmed in and around Monterey, California. In October 1942, a German observation airplane discovers a seaside village named Trollness where the Norwegian flag is flying over the town square. A ground patrol discovers an empty town littered with corpses, including a number of Nazi officials. The story of the massacre is told in flashback. Errol Flynn plays Gunnar ...
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Overview

The Norwegian resistance to the Nazi occupation of their country inspired several wartime films from Hollywood, including this Warner Bros. production, filmed in and around Monterey, California. In October 1942, a German observation airplane discovers a seaside village named Trollness where the Norwegian flag is flying over the town square. A ground patrol discovers an empty town littered with corpses, including a number of Nazi officials. The story of the massacre is told in flashback. Errol Flynn plays Gunnar Brogge, a fisherman engaged to Karen Stensgard (Ann Sheridan), whose father, Martin ({Walter Huston), is the village physician. Gunnar and Karen are working to undermine the Nazis. The town is divided, with the minister leading a contingent which believes that violence, even against the sadistic Germans, is morally wrong. Karen is concerned about the imminent arrival of her brother, who is known to be friendly to the German occupiers; she fears he may learn of plans by the British to deliver a supply of guns to the resistance. The Nazi commandant, Captain Konig (Helmut Dantine), keeps up the pressure to learn of any opposition to his administration, eventually deciding to execute a selected number of the villagers to force someone to reveal the extent of the resistance's schemes.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
One of the great chapters of World War II history is the amazing and persistent resistance put up by the Norwegians against their Nazi occupiers. Sadly, few Hollywood films since the war have been made from these dramatic stories, though there were a spate of wartime releases: The Commandos Have Landed (also known as They Raid by Night), First Comes Courage, Commandos Strike at Dawn, and perhaps the best of the lot, Edge of Darkness. Edge benefits from a solid pedigree: veteran director Lewis Milestone, up-and-coming screenwriter Robert Rossen, and a first-rate cast of Warner Bros. players, none of them Norwegian, but all quite convincing nonetheless. The film is best at showing how not every citizen of Norway believed that the Nazis' iron fist could or even should be countered with sabotage. In a small village, this means that the plans of the freedom fighters have to be closely guarded, with even families split along either side of the debate. Shooting on locations on the California coast that resemble Norway adds a level of authenticity. And the action sequences are well staged, particularly a siege of a mountain cabin. If the heroics at the conclusion feel a bit contrived, it's understandable, given that the film was released while the battle in Norway was still raging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • UPC: 883929322602
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,352

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Gunnar Brogge
Ann Sheridan Karen Stensgard
Walter Huston Dr. Martin Stensgard
Judith Anderson Gerd Blarnesen
Nancy Coleman Katja
Tom Fadden Hammer
Helmut Dantine Capt. Koenig
Ruth Gordon Anna Stensgard
Charles Dingle Kaspar Torgersen
John Beal Johann Stensgard
Roman Bohnen Lars Malken
Helene Thimig Frida
Monte Blue Petersen
Dorothy Tree Solveig Brategaard
Richard Fraser Pastor Aalesen
Morris Carnovsky Sixtus Andresen
Art Smith Knut Osterholm
Henry Brandon Major Ruck
Tonio Selwart Paul
Torben Meyer Clerk
Virginia Christine Hulda Olson
William Edmunds Elderly Sailor
Frederick Giermann
Kurt Katch German Captain
Richard Kipling Man
Kurt Kreuger German Aviator
Vera Lewis Woman
Rolf Lindau
Peter Michael German Soldier
Francis Pierlot Mortensen
Victor Potel
Henry Rowland Helmut
Peter Van Eyck German Soldier
Frank Wilcox Jensen
Lotta Williams Mrs. Mortensen
Walt LaRue Villager-Patriot
Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Julia Heron Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
James Leicester Special Effects
Robert Rossen Screenwriter
Don Siegel Special Effects
Franz Waxman Score Composer
David Weisbart Editor
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