The Moon Is Down

Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • UPC: 024543863335
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,533

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cedric Hardwicke Col. Lanser
Henry Travers Mayor Orden
Lee J. Cobb Dr. Winter
Doris Bowden Molly Morden
Peter Van Eyck Lt. Tonder
Margaret Wycherly Mme. Orden
Henry Rowland Capt. Loft
E.J. Ballantine George Corell
Irving Pichel Inn Keeper
Violette Wilson Peder's Wife
Hans Schumm Capt. Bentick
Ernst Dorian Major Hunter
John Banner Lt. Prackle
Helene Thimig Annie
Ian Wolfe Joseph
Kurt Kreuger Orderly
Jeff Corey Albert
Louis Arco Schumann
Ernst Hausman Moeller
Charles McGraw Ole
Trevor Bardette Foreman
John Mylong Staff Officer
Otto Reichow Sergeant
Sven Hugo Borg Sergeant
Dorothy Peterson Mother
Ernst Deutsch Maj. Hunter
William Post Jr. Alex Morden
William Prince
Technical Credits
Irving Pichel Director
James Basevi Art Director
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Nunnally Johnson Producer, Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Louis Loeffler Editor
N'Was McKenzie Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Guy Pearce Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
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