The New Pictures, Apr. 5, 1943

The Moon Is Down (20th Century-Fox) presents the cinema audience with a ready-made controversy. As novel and play, John Steinbeck's fable about a Nazi garrison's nervous breakdown in Norway kicked up a loud literary row. Were Steinbeck's Nazis softer than the real thing?

They are harsher in the movie than in the novel or the play, and so is their dramatic impact. In the movie (scenario by Nunnally Johnson, who also did Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath) the camera witnesses many important events that take place offstage in the play. The picture shows...

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