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The Mortal Storm (1940)

Directed by Frand Borzage. Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young, Frank Morgan, Robert Stack, Bonita Granville, Irene Rich, William T. Orr, Maria Ouspenskaya, Gene Reynolds. On the same day that Prof. Roth celebrates his birthday, Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany. This causes a tragic rift among the guests at the professor's party. Politics come between Roth's daughter Freya & her fiance. Freya finds herself falling in love with an old friend, but their only hope for a future together is to escape to freedom across the Austrian border. The film so infuriated Nazi propaganda minister Joesph Goebbels that he banned all MGM movies in Germany. 100 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Dumont, Herve. Frank Borzage. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.B68 D8613 2006)
Fitzmorris, Thomas J. "Films." America, 6/29/1940, Vol. 63 Issue 12, p335-335 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Friedman, Lester D. "The Edge of Knowledge: Jews as Monsters Jews as Victims." MELUS, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 49-62, 1984 Fall Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only
Lamster, Frederick. Souls made great through love and adversity : the film work of Frank Borzage / by Frederick Lamster Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .B6135)
McDonald, Neil. "Melodrama and Truth." Quadrant Magazine, Jul/Aug2002, Vol. 46 Issue 7, p97, 5p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only

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