The Moon Is Down (film)

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The Moon Is Down
The Moon Is Down (film).jpg
Directed by Irving Pichel
Produced by Nunnally Johnson
Written by Nunnally Johnson
Based on the novel The Moon Is Down
by John Steinbeck
Starring Cedric Hardwicke
Henry Travers
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Arthur Miller
Edited by Louis Loeffler
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • March 13, 1943 (1943-03-13) (Toronto, Canada)
  • March 26, 1943 (1943-03-26) (New York)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.2 million (US rentals)[1]

The Moon Is Down is a 1943 American war film starring Cedric Hardwicke and Henry Travers and directed by Irving Pichel. It is based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. During World War II, German soldiers occupy a small Norwegian town.



The set of How Green Was My Valley was reused for this film.[2]


Bosley Crowther, the film reviewer for The New York Times, gave The Moon Is Down a mixed verdict. He lauded screenwriter Nunnally Johnson for creating a "clear and incisive screen version" of the book, resulting in "a picture which is the finest on captured Norway yet and a powerful expression of faith in the enduring qualities of a people whose hearts are strong." He also praised "Irving Pichel's superlative direction and a generally excellent cast". However, Crowther also observed that "the intellectual nature of this picture—its very clear and dispassionate reasoning—drain it of much of the emotion that one expects in such a story at this time."[2]


  1. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  2. ^ a b Bosley Crowther (March 27, 1943). "'The Moon Is Down,' the Film Version of Steinbeck's Novel and Play, Starring Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Opens at Rivoli". The New York Times.

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