Edge of Darkness


The film pivots around the local doctor and his family. The doctor's wife (Ruth Gordon) wants to hold on to the pretence of gracious living and ignore the occupiers. The doctor, Martin Stensgard (Walter Huston), would also prefer to stay neutral, but is torn. 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). The doctor's son, has just returned to town, having been sent down from the university, and 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 Reich hides a growing fear of a local uprising.

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  1. William Woods


  2. Robert Rossen


  3. Lewis Milestone


Top Billed Cast

  1. Errol Flynn

    Errol Flynn

    Gunnar Brogge

  2. Ann Sheridan

    Ann Sheridan

    Karen Stensgard

  3. Walter Huston

    Walter Huston

    Dr. Martin Stensgard

  4. Nancy Coleman

    Nancy Coleman


  5. Helmut Dantine

    Helmut Dantine

    Captain Koenig

  6. Judith Anderson

    Judith Anderson

    Gerd Bjarnesen

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 59m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • January 1, 1943



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

I have always wondered how it must have felt to make a 'wartime' movie about a war you're currently living in, and lately I stumbled upon a quintet of films made during the Second World War with Errol Flynn, of all people, battling the Nazis. Because of it both being by Turner Classic Movies AND had one film directed by Lewis Milestone (with one of the finest anti-war statements ever made, 'All Quiet on the Western Front', under his belt) and the others by none other than Raoul Walsh, I was, pardon the pun, 'in like Flynn'. But as Flynn had been one of my favourite actors of the period simply o... read the rest.

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