The Mortal Storm (1940)

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The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.

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  • James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in The Mortal Storm (1940)
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29 January 2004 | mbran
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| MGM censorship?
Although I have read that MGM, in an effort not to alienate the lucrative German movie market, deliberately removed any reference to the location of the movie, I did not find this to be the case. Constantly throughout the film we are told that these events are taking place in a town in southern Germany. And even though no mention is made of the Jews, only Non-Aryans, when we see Frank Morgans character, Professor Roth, in the concentration camp he has the letter "J" printed on the cuffs of his prison uniform. Yes, the word "Nazi" was never used, but the swastika was everywhere! They even had swastika lighting! All in all, I enjoyed this film quite a bit. Most of the performances were very good, particularly James Stewart and Frank Morgan. However, Robert Young's portrayal of a Nazi torn between duty and old friendships is unconvincing.

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