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The Avengers (1942)

The Day Will Dawn (original title)
| Drama, War | 8 June 1942 (UK)
On the eve of WW2, a British journalist is sent to neutral Norway to report on the possible Nazi intentions there and he is later tasked with a secret combat mission, after Germany invades that country.

Director:

Harold French

Writers:

Frank Owen (by), Terence Rattigan (treatment and screenplay) (as Terrence Rattigan) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Williams ... Colin Metcalfe
Griffith Jones ... Police Inspector Gunter (as Griffiths Jones)
Deborah Kerr ... Kari Alstad
Ralph Richardson ... Frank Lockwood
Francis L. Sullivan ... Kommandant Ulrich Wettau
Roland Culver ... Cmdr. Pittwaters
Finlay Currie ... Capt. Alstad
Niall MacGinnis ... Olaf
Elizabeth Mann Elizabeth Mann ... Gerda
Raymond Huntley ... Norwegian Under Secretary (scenes deleted)
Patricia Medina ... Ingrid
Roland Pertwee ... Capt. Waverley - Naval Intelligence
Henry Oscar ... Newspaper Editor
David Horne ... Evans, Foreign Editor
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Jack, News Editor
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Storyline

Horse race tipster and journalist Colin Metcalfe is picked for the job of foreign correspondent in Norway when Hitler invades Poland. On the way to Norway his boat is attacked by a German U-Boat. However, when he tells the Navy about it, they don't believe him, and to make matters worse, he is removed from his job. When German forces invade Norway, Metcalfe returns determined to uncover what is going on and stop the Germans in their tracks. Written by Bob the Moo

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Drama | War

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UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 June 1942 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richardson was given leave from his duty as a lieutenant commander in the Fleet Air Arm to make this picture. See more »

Goofs

When RAF bombers are shown flying to attack the U Boat base, they are a flight of Blenheim's flying in daylight, not night time as the film depicts. When the bombers start bombing it is now night time and they are now Wellingtons. See more »

Quotes

Frank Lockwood: If we want to save our skins, we've got to fight!
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Crazy Credits

Postscript on screen: "In a dozen famous ancient states, now prostrate under the Nazi yoke, the masses of the people, all classes and creeds, await the hour of liberation, when they, too, will be able once again to play their part and strike their blows like men. That hour will strike, and its solemn peal will proclaim that the night is past and that the dawn has come."

The PRIME MINISTER In the SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES 26 · 12 · 1941 See more »

Soundtracks

Gökvalsen
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Composed by Johann Emanuel Jonasson
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Norwegian Deborah Kerr getting mixed up with a local Quisling and an English spy
19 July 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

We have seen this before, the freedom fighters of Norway under Nazi occupation, their hardship, their courage, their determination, their heroism and so on, and if this film at least is better than "The Moon Is Down" on the same theme, it's not up to Errol Flynn's "The Edge of Darkness". The one outstanding asset of this film though is the leading lady, a very young Deborah Kerr, who in a way sustains the whole movie. In the beginning she is just a very cheerful and happy Norwegian lass, but when the Germans come to build an oil refinery, which turns out to be a submarine base, the Norwegians get into trouble, and in order to save her father's life (Finlay Currie) Deborah has to marry the local Quisling, the local police, whom the Norwegians don't know at first that he is collaborating with the Germans (Francis L. Sullivan, awesome as usual.) When Hugh Williams as an English spy learns this on his second coming, he fell in love with Deborah during the first, he is not very happy.

It's a very typical British edifying war film from the very darkest year 1942 and sides with many others of the same kind, outdated today, but still interesting for their great moral enthusiasm about surviving and fighting tyranny.


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