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The North Star [1943]

Director:Lewis Milestone
Writer:Lillian Hellman
Composer:Aaron Copland
Length:108 minutes
(1 hour 48 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941.

Reaction: Nicely made and sympathetic characters.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Lewis Milestone => Director
Lillian Hellman => Writer
Aaron Copland => Composer
Ann Carter => Olga Pavlova
Ann Harding => Sophia Pavlova
Anne Baxter => Marina Pavlova
Art Baker => Radio Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Carl Benton Reid => Boris Stepanich Simonov
Charles Bates => Patya
Dana Andrews => Kolya Simonov
Dean Jagger => Rodion Pavlov
Eric Roberts [II] => Grisha Kurin
Erich von Stroheim => Dr. von Harden
Esther Dale => Anna
Farley Granger => Damian Simonov
Frank Wilcox => Cmdr. Petrov
Jane Withers => Clavdia Kurina
Lynn Winthrop => Guerrilla Girl
Martin Kosleck => Dr. Richter
Paul Guilfoyle [II] => Iakin
Ruth Nelson => Nadya Simonova
Walter Brennan => Karp
Walter Huston => Dr. Pavel Grigorich Kurin

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The Screen Guild Theater broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 3, 1944 with Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, Jane Withers and Farley Granger reprising their film roles.
  • Film debut of Farley Granger.
  • This is one of the films deemed "subversive" by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in October, 1947, at the height of the McCarthy "Red Scare" era. The committee decided that, even though Russia was our ally against Nazi Germany in World War II - when this film was made - the movie's sympathetic portrayal of Russian peasants and guerrillas who were fighting off Nazi forces was an "endorsement" of Communism.