This Land Is Mine

Overview

Written by Dudley Nichols and directed by French expatriate director Jean Renoir, This Land is Mine is one of those "inspirational" wartime dramas that just don't hold up too well when seen today. The scene is an unnamed European country, recently overrun by the Nazis (this takes place during a "silent" opening sequence that's the best thing in the film). Charles Laughton plays Albert Lory, a mama's-boy schoolmaster who is the object of his students' ridicule. A craven coward, Lory is held responsible when ...
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Overview

Written by Dudley Nichols and directed by French expatriate director Jean Renoir, This Land is Mine is one of those "inspirational" wartime dramas that just don't hold up too well when seen today. The scene is an unnamed European country, recently overrun by the Nazis (this takes place during a "silent" opening sequence that's the best thing in the film). Charles Laughton plays Albert Lory, a mama's-boy schoolmaster who is the object of his students' ridicule. A craven coward, Lory is held responsible when resistance fighter Paul Martin (Kent Smith), the brother of beauteous teacher Louise Martin (Maureen O'Hara), is executed by the Nazis, though in fact it was Lory's panic-stricken mother (Una O'Connor) who betrayed Paul by informing on him to his friend and collaborator George Lambert (George Sanders).
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
This Land Is Mine is dismissed by some as a mere wartime propaganda film, and this is unfortunate. It's true that Land is a message picture and that it perhaps veers a little into proselytizing in order to make its points. But if that message supports the Allied efforts during the war, it's still a fairly unusual message -- namely that individuals have the responsibility to stand up to tyranny on their own, which was an implicit condemnation of French acquiescence in the Occupation. Land also provides plenty of shades of grade in its portraits of its cast of characters. Unfortunately, it also gets a bit talky and preachy in places, and stretches believability in others -- none moreso than in its climactic scene. Lory's speech is effective and powerful, but there's absolutely no way that the Nazi occupiers would have allowed a person the latitude to make such a speech. These flaws aside, Land has a lot to recommend it, from Jean Renoir's assured and often masterful direction to Charles Laughton's impressive performance to nice supporting turns from Walter Slezak and Maureen O'Hara. George Sanders, unfortunately, doesn't share in the accolades, delivering a wan and dispirited performance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2012
  • UPC: 883316649992
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,737

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Laughton Arthur Lory
Maureen O'Hara Louise Martin
George Sanders George Lambert
Walter Slezak Maj. Erich von Keller
Kent Smith Paul Martin
Una O'Connor Mrs. Emma Lory
Philip Merivale Prof. Sorel
Thurston Hall Mayor Henry Manville
George Coulouris Prosecuting Attorney
Nancy Gates Julie Grant
Ivan Simpson Judge
John Donat Edmund Lorraine
Frank Alten Lt. Schwartz
Leo Bulgakov Little Man
Wheaton Chambers Mr. Lorraine
Cecil Weston Mrs. Lorraine
Philip Ahlm German Lieutenant
John Banner
Joan Barclay Young Woman
Linda Ann Bieber Emily
Tommy Bond Julian
Sven Hugo Borg
George Carleton Jury Foreman
Gordon B. Clark Lieutenant
Albert D'Arno
John Dilson Mayor's Secretary
Ludwig Donath German Captain
Margaret Fealy Old Woman
Otto Hoffman Printer
Russell Hoyt
Lloyd Ingraham Paper Man in Street
Casey Johnson Boy
Oscar Lorraine Clerk
George MacQuarrie Chief of Police
Hal Malone Bit in Courtroom
Jack Martin German Captain
Jack Martin German Captain
Edward McNamara Policeman
Hans Moebus German Chauffeur
Hans Von Morhart Soldier Who Gets Slapped
Rudolph Myzet
John Rice
Henry Roquemore Butcher
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink Karl
Hans Schumm
Lester Sharpe
Jack Shea Burly Cop
Ida Shoemaker Woman in Street
George Sorel German Sergeant
Bob Stevenson
Mary Stuart Photo Double
Gus Taillon Newsman
Walter Thiele German Soldier
Nicholas Vehr
William Yetter Jr. Otto
Technical Credits
Jean Renoir Director, Producer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Stephen Dunn Sound/Sound Designer
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Eugène Lourié Production Designer
Dudley Nichols Producer, Screenwriter
Frank Redman Cinematographer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Vernon Walker Special Effects
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