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Peer Gynt (1941)

Not Rated | | Adventure | 25 August 1941 (USA)
Gynt, a complete opposite of a hero, is banished from his village for his (in)actions. He then travels the world with more or less the same result.


David Bradley


David Bradley, Henrik Ibsen (play)


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Credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Peer Gynt
Betty Hanisee Betty Hanisee ... Aase
Mrs. Hubert Hyde Mrs. Hubert Hyde ... Old Woman
Lucielle Powell Lucielle Powell ... Kari
Sue Straub Sue Straub ... Old Woman
Charles Paetow Charles Paetow ... Aslak
Katharine Bradley Katharine Bradley ... Solveig
Morris Wilson Morris Wilson ... Haegstad
George B. Moll George B. Moll ... Drunk / Bedouian Chief
Betty Barton Betty Barton ... Ingrid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rose Andrews Rose Andrews ... Anitra
Alice Badgerow Alice Badgerow ... Cowherd Girl
Anty Ball Anty Ball ... Cowherd Girl
Thomas A. Blair Thomas A. Blair ... Button Moulder / Thin Person
David Bradley David Bradley ... Herr Trumpeterstraale / Bailiff


Gynt, a complete opposite of a hero, is banished from his village for his (in)actions. He then travels the world with more or less the same result.

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Release Date:

25 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmette, Illinois, USA See more »

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Bradley Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director/Producer David Bradley was only 21 years old when he made this movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

New footage and Francis X. Bushman narration added for 1965 reissue. See more »


Version of Peer Gynt (1986) See more »


Peer Gynt Suite
Composed by Edvard Grieg
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The Earliest Charlton Heston
5 August 2018 | by standardmetalSee all my reviews

Yep, the same Charlton Heston who played heroic parts later, most notably, he parted the Red Sea as Moses in The Ten Commandments (with the help of Cecil B. DeMille), won the Chariot race as Ben Hur, and even painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling as Michelangelo (!!!!) in The Agony and the Ecstasy. (In which Pope Julius II is played by Rex Harrison who didn't get along with Heston and avoided him when they were in a version of The Prince and the Pauper later on. (Neither of them were easy to get along with!)

It may be argued that the part of Ibsen's Peer Gynt is quite anti-heroic throughout, as his character is that of a ne'er-do-well although he is already good-looking enough for his age.

One would expect that the all-important musical background of this semi-silent film would be by Edvard Grieg who wrote the most familiar incidental music for Ibsen's play but several other composers are represented including Ravel (Mother Goose Suite) and Kodaly's Hary Janos (A sort of Hungarian Baron Munchausen!)

Again, it may be argued that the musical selections tend to stress the unreal fairy tale aspects, perhaps mirroring Peer's fickleness in regard to his relations with young women.

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