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The Mortal Storm (14-Jun-1940)

Director: Frank Borzage

Writers: Claudine West; Andersen Ellis; George Froeschel

From novel: The Mortal Storm by Phyllis Bottome

Musical Score by: Edward Kane

Keywords: Drama, WWII

A Jewish university professor's life in a small alpine village is drastically altered after Adolf Hitler assumes power as Chancellor in 1933. Powerful film, and one of the few American films tackling the issue of Nazi Germany prior to America's entry into WWII. Release of this caused all MGM films to be banned in Germany until the end of the war.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ward Bond
9-Apr-1903 5-Nov-1960 Wagon Train
Dan Dailey
14-Dec-1913 16-Oct-1978 When My Baby Smiles at Me
Esther Dale
10-Nov-1885 23-Jul-1961 Curly Top
Bonita Granville
2-Feb-1923 11-Oct-1988 These Three
Russell Hicks
4-Jun-1895 1-Jun-1957 American character actor
Frank Morgan
1-Jun-1890 18-Sep-1949 The Wizard of Oz
Maria Ouspenskaya
29-Jul-1876 3-Dec-1949 Waterloo Bridge
Gene Reynolds
4-Apr-1923   Child actor, later TV director/producer
Irene Rich
13-Oct-1891 22-Apr-1988 The Mortal Storm
Robert Stack
13-Jan-1919 14-May-2003 The Untouchables
Jimmy Stewart
20-May-1908 2-Jul-1997 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Margaret Sullavan
16-May-1911 1-Jan-1960 The Shop Around the Corner
Robert Young
22-Feb-1907 21-Jul-1998 Marcus Welby, M.D.


Margaret Sullavan   ...   Freya Roth
Jimmy Stewart   ...   Martin Breitner
Robert Young   ...   Fritz Marberg
Frank Morgan   ...   Prof. Roth
Robert Stack   ...   Otto von Rohn
Bonita Granville   ...   Elsa
Irene Rich   ...   Mrs. Roth
William T. Orr   ...   Erich von Rohn
Maria Ouspenskaya   ...   Mrs. Breitner
Gene Reynolds   ...   Rudi
Russell Hicks   ...   Rector
William Edmunds   ...   Lehman
Esther Dale   ...   Marta
Dan Dailey   ...   Holl
Granville Bates   ...   Prof. Berg
Thomas Ross   ...   Prof. Werner
Ward Bond   ...   Franz
Sue Moore   ...   Theresa
Harry Depp   ...   2nd Colleague
Julius Tannen   ...   3rd Colleague
Gus Glassmire   ...   4th Colleague


Review by Julie Warren (posted on 23-May-2007)

I had never heard of this movie and ran across it about 10 minutes in. I couldn't walk away and watched all the rest. It was very interesting with a clear message. I was attracted to it because of the wonderful actors in it when they were so young. It was fascinating that it was made in 1940 and so clearly stated the dangers that later led us into war. It was definately worth the time investment.

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