This Land Is Mine

  • PG
  • Jean Renoir (1943)
  • US
  • 103 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Throughout the Second World War, Hollywood failed to capture the fear and suspicion that pervaded occupied Europe. This tale of a cowardly schoolteacher, played by Charles Laughton, who is inspired to heroism by his love for a Resistance fighter, Maureen O'Hara, is no exception. Jean Renoir's inability to re-create the atmosphere of Vichy France is partly excused by the fact that he had been living in exile from his homeland since 1940, after the Nazis placed him on a death list for his socialist sympathies. This bland picture, made with virtually no enthusiasm for its clich├ęd villagers and hysterical Nazis, had little dramatic or propagandist value.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama, starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara and George Sanders. Albert Lory , a timid and mild-mannered schoolteacher, has lived quietly with his mother all his life. However, the coming of war and German occupation mean that even someone like Albert must finally make a stand.

Cast and crew


Albert Lory
Charles Laughton
Louise Martin
Maureen O'Hara
George Lambert
George Sanders
Major Erich von Keller
Walter Slezak
Paul Martin
Kent Smith
Emma Lory
Una O'Connor
Prof Sorel
Philip Merivale
Mayor Henry Manville
Thurston Hall
Prosecuting attorney
George Coulouris
Julie Grant
Nancy Gates
Presiding judge
Ivan Simpson
Edmund Lorraine
John Donat
Lt Schwartz
Frank Alten


Jean Renoir

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate PG
Orbit Media Ltd