The Mortal Storm (1940)


“I’ve never prized safety, Erich, either for myself or my children. I prized courage.” – Prof. Viktor Roth

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After the Nazis come t power in Germany, a family is split between those his believe in their views and those who are adamantly against it.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a while back and finally got a chance to see what it was all about.

They do a wonderful job showing the way that people in America thought of the Nazi Regime before the US entered World War II.

This works as a very pertinent time capsule that reflect the outlook in real time.

Obviously, we have a much broader and clearer view of the events after nearly 80 years of history but they get a lot of things picture perfect.

The story works really well here and allows us to see how various people with differing opinions look at the changes on the world; some for the better and other for the worse.

The cast is great and James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan have really good chemistry together.

The way that their characters act allows us to get a very clear understanding of what is really going on.

IN addition Frank Morgan is superb here and stands out among the whole cast as a character who expresses his opinions about everything going on and is the most poignant character of the cast.

Bottom Line – Great film that shows the attitudes and feelings in America during the outbreak of Wold War II. The story works really well in showing how different people react to the same events in very different ways. Stewart and Sullavan are great here and make us really understand all that is going on by the way that they both deal with things. Morgan stands out here and shows how great an actor he can be because his character is the most poignant of the cast. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Nazi leader Adolf Hitler banned this film from release in Germany because of its strong anti-Nazi sentiments. In addition, all MGM films from that point until the end of the war were also banned in Germany because the studio made this one. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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