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So Ends Our Night
     

So Ends Our Night

Director: John Cromwell, Fredric March, Margaret Sullavan, Frances Dee

Cast: John Cromwell, Fredric March, Margaret Sullavan, Frances Dee

 
The Nazis are clearly the villains in So Ends Our Night, but since the film was made before America's entry into World War II, Adolph Hitler goes unmentioned (we wouldn't want to lose those foreign markets, would we?) Based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel Flotsam, the film zeroes in on three German refugees. Frederic March despises the Nazis on

Overview

The Nazis are clearly the villains in So Ends Our Night, but since the film was made before America's entry into World War II, Adolph Hitler goes unmentioned (we wouldn't want to lose those foreign markets, would we?) Based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel Flotsam, the film zeroes in on three German refugees. Frederic March despises the Nazis on ideological grounds; Margaret Sullavan, a Jew, is fleeing for her life; and Glenn Ford, born of a Jewish mother and Aryan father, is racked with confusion and torn loyalties. The three separate as they move from country to country in Europe, just a step or so ahead of the advancing Nazis. As Sullavan and Ford fall in love, March puts his life on the line by trying to arrange a reunion with his ailing wife Frances Dee, who has remained in Germany. Had So Ends Our Night been released a few months after the US entry into the war, it might have done better at the box office.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
So Ends Our Night is a surprisingly neglected wartime propaganda drama, predating America's entry into the war by several months. That "propaganda" tag can be debated, which is a positive indication that the filmmakers did their job better than many other propaganda films of the period, but the forced message that is presented does ring a bit false, even if its sentiments and viewpoint are totally honorable. Night would have been even more effective had its screenplay had not been so repetitive, or some of the scrapes presented not come across as so artificial. The film could also have stood to lose fifteen or so minutes. That said, there is much to recommend in Night, starting with the excellent production design from William Cameron Menzies. This is an especially important factor in the film's success, as the many foreign locations and atmospheres had to be made abundantly clear in visual terms, and Menzies succeeded admirably. Also first rate is William H. Daniels' cinematography, which films through overhanging set pieces quite effectively. John Cromwell's direction, though lacking in pace, keeps the disparate threads knotted together. The film's trio of stars come off well, with Fredric March perhaps the most successful. Margaret Sullavan is a tad too old for her role, and Glenn Ford a tad too inexperienced, but both are quite good overall. Even better are supporting players Anna Sten, Erich Von Stroheim and Frances Dee; the scene in which March must tell Dee good-bye without attracting attention is a marvel.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
UPC:
0089859843624
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Vci Video
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:57:00

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Scene selection; Bios; Promo trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fredric March Josef Steiner
Margaret Sullavan Ruth Holland
Frances Dee Marie Steiner
Glenn Ford Ludwig Kern
Anna Sten Lilo
Erich Von Stroheim Brenner
Allan Brett Marcel
Joseph Cawthorn Patzlock
Leonid Kinskey The Chicken
Alexander Granach The Pole
Roman Bohnen Mr. Kern
Sig Rumann Ammers
William Stack Prof. Meyer
Lionel Royce Barnekrogg
Ernst Deutsch Dr. Behr
Spencer Charters Swiss Policeman
Hans Schumm Kobel
David Cross Police Captain
Philip Van Zandt Bachman
Fredrik Vogeding Gestapo Colonel
Joe E. Marks The Bird
James Bush Herbert
Emory Parnell Weiss
Kate MacKenna Mrs. Ammers
Edith Angold Ammera' Sister-in-Law
Edward Fielding Durant
William Von Brincken German Official
Lisa Golm The Pale Woman
Adolph Milar Black Pig Proprietor
Gisela Werbiseck The Harpy
Marjorie Rambeau Actor

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Louis Gruenberg Score Composer
Talbot Jennings Screenwriter
Albert Lewin Producer
David L. Loew Producer
William Cameron Menzies Production Designer
Jack Otterson Art Director
Erich Maria Remarque Screenwriter
William H. Reynolds Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- So Ends Our Night
1. House Raid [6:34]
2. Interrogation [4:10]
3. In Jail [6:24]
4. To the Border [8:18]
5. The Passport [6:47]
6. The Road to Prague [3:16]
7. Meeting Rut [9:14]
8. Temporary Goodbyes [6:24]
9. Reunion in Vienna [8:47]
10. Deported Again [3:27]
11. Zurich [8:17]
12. Journey Through Switzerland [7:22]
13. Separated Once More [6:25]
14. Old Friends in Paris [6:31]
15. Found by a Letter [5:50]
16. Dangerous Passage [7:42]
17. Precious Time [5:55]
18. Finally Free? [5:09]

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