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Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 30 December 1942 (USA)
A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Irwin Shaw (screen play), C.S. Forester (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Eric Toresen
Anna Lee ... Judith Bowen
Lillian Gish ... Mrs. Bergesen
Cedric Hardwicke ... Admiral Bowen (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Ray Collins ... Johan Bergesen
Robert Coote ... Robert Bowen (as Flying Officer Robert Coote RCAF)
Rosemary DeCamp ... Hilma Arnesen
Alexander Knox ... German Captain
Elisabeth Fraser ... Anna Korstad
Richard Derr ... Gunnar Korstad
Erville Alderson ... Johan Garme
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Olav
Rod Cameron ... Pastor
Louis Jean Heydt ... Karl Arnesen
George Macready ... Schoolteacher
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Storyline

Erik Toresen, widower and fishery observer, leads a quiet life in a small Norwegian town; but after the Nazi occupation, German abuses lead Erik to form a Resistance group. After a killing, Erik flees to the wilderness and finds a secret German air base; he resolves to escape to England with its location. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IN ALL ITS HEROIC SWEEP...THE FIRST GREAT SCREEN STORY OF TODAY'S GREAT HEROES! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Commandos Come at Dawn See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of George Macready. See more »

Goofs

When Eric Toresen (Paul Muni) left his daughter at Mrs. Olav's house and went into the mountains, he left behind the jacket he arrived with. Later after coming back down from the mountain, and without returning to Mrs. Olav's place, he has his jacket on again. See more »

Quotes

Hilma Arnesen: A dry punch bowl is against nature.
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Opening credits prologue: Dedicated to the officers and men of the armed forces of Canada, Great Britain and Fighting Norway who participated in the filming of this picture. See more »

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Featured in Reach for Glory (1962) See more »

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Commandos March
Written by Ann Ronell and Louis Gruenberg
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Norway's struggle in WWII
16 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Its propaganda roots are obvious now but still a well acted war drama about the struggle of Norway against the Nazi machine.

Paul Muni is strong in the lead. Famed for parts where he was under heavy makeup like Emile Zola and Louis Pasteur those performances viewed today are heavy and hammy whereas in plain clothes such as here and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang he is far more naturalistic.

A cast of fine character actors all add texture to the film. Lillian Gish's part is small and mostly without dialogue but of course she could convey more with a look than most actresses with a telephone book worth of words.


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