Edge of Darkness (1943 film)

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This article is about the 1943 World War II film. For other uses, see Edge of Darkness (disambiguation).
Edge of Darkness
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Produced by Henry Blanke
Screenplay by Robert Rossen
Based on the novel Edge of Darkness 
by William Woods
Starring Errol Flynn
Ann Sheridan
Walter Huston
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Sid Hickox
Edited by David Weisbart
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • 1943 (1943) (premiere-New York City)
  • April 24, 1943 (1943-04-24) (United States)
Running time 119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office 2.8 million

Edge of Darkness is a 1943 World War II film directed by Lewis Milestone that features Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan and Walter Huston.[1] The feature is based on a script written by Robert Rossen which was adapted from the novel Edge of Darkness (1942) by William Woods.[2]


The film pivots around the fictional Norwegian fishing village of Trollness which resists the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. The film opens during October 1942, with the Norwegian flag flying high over the Nazi outpost but finds almost everyone in town dead. The question of how the town overcame the German army plays out in flashback.

The local doctor, Martin Stensgard (Walter Huston), and his wife (Ruth Gordon) want to hold on to the pretense of gracious living and ignore the occupiers. The doctor would also prefer to stay neutral, but is torn. Kaspar Togersen (Charles Dingle), his brother-in-law, the wealthy owner of the local fish cannery, collaborates with the Nazis. The doctor's daughter, Karen (Ann Sheridan), is involved with the resistance and with its leader Gunnar Brogge (Errol Flynn). Johann (John Beal), the doctor's son, has just returned to town having been sent down from the university but is soon influenced by his Nazi-sympathizer uncle.

Captain Koenig (Helmut Dantine), the young German commandant of the occupying garrison, whose fanatic determination to do everything by the book and spoutings about the invincibility of the Third Reich hides a growing fear of a local uprising. A secondary love story, concerns a German sergeant and the innkeeper/lead female resistance fighter. A pivotal event forces the doctor to choose sides, which leads to the final showdown between the Nazis and the Norwegians.



Most of the film was shot in Warner Bros studios at Burbank with some exteriors in the town of Monterey.[3]



  1. ^ Variety film review; March 24, 1943.
  2. ^ Edge of Darkness (1943) (Movie Mirrors)
  3. ^ Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer * Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969 p 129

Other sources[edit]

  • Woods, William Howard (1942) Edge of Darkness: A Novel of Occupied Norway (J.B. Lippincott Company)

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