Review: ‘Edge of Darkness’

In Darkness, as in The Moon Is Down the story treats with internal conditions and unrest, and, more important, the ruthlessness of the Nazis. The populace of Trollness in Norway seethes under the yoke of the Germans and finally erupts into a bloody revolt.

In Darkness, as in The Moon Is Down the story treats with internal conditions and unrest, and, more important, the ruthlessness of the Nazis. The populace of Trollness in Norway seethes under the yoke of the Germans and finally erupts into a bloody revolt.

Best feature of this film is its cast. Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan, as the stars, provide the proper romantic note, plus the necessary dash as the leaders of the Trollness underground. Both turn in some of their best film acting, yet some of the cast’s lesser-knowns eclipse them in dramatic power. Notable in this respect are Morris Carnovsky, Ruth Gordon, Judith Anderson, Charles Dingle and Nancy Coleman.

Carnovsky, as an aged schoolmaster, is outstanding in a throat-catching scene when he pits his culture and kindliness against the brutish thinking of the Nazi commander, played by Helmut Dantine, who is guilty of most of the film’s over-acting.

There’s one other particularly outstanding scene – the meeting of the underground in the church under the guise of a religious service. Original in concept, it’s emotion-gripping in execution.

Edge of Darkness

Production

Warner. Director Lewis Milestone; Producer Henry Blanke; Screenplay Robert Rossen; Camera Sid Hickox; Editor David Weisbart; Music Franz Waxman

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Errol Flynn Ann Sheridan Walter Huston Judith Anderson Helmut Dantine Ruth Gordon

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