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The Avengers (1942)

The Day Will Dawn (original title)
| Drama, War | 8 June 1942 (UK)
Horse race tipster and journalist 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,... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Inspector Gunter (as Griffiths Jones)
Kari Alstad
Frank Lockwood
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Kommandant Ulrich Wettau (as Francis L.Sullivan)
Roland Culver ...
Cmdr. Pittwaters
Capt. Alstad
Niall MacGinnis ...
Elizabeth Mann ...
Raymond Huntley ...
Norwegian Under Secretary (scenes deleted)
Roland Pertwee ...
Capt. Waverley - Naval Intelligence
Henry Oscar ...
Newspaper Editor
David Horne ...
Evans, Foreign Editor
Henry Hewitt ...
Jack, News Editor


Horse race tipster and journalist 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 disbelief 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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8 June 1942 (UK)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The shot of the wooden building being blown up towards the end was from one of the British Commando raids on the Norwegian coast. These were usually to attack things like fish oil processing plants. There are various other extracts from newsreels or other reality footage inserted into the film at various points. See more »


When the escaping German commander of the town shoots the Norwegian police chief the pistol is plainly seen beside the man's body, pointing towards the wall of the room not into the man's abdomen. So when he pulls the trigger the bullet would hit the wall not the policeman. See more »


Cmdr. Pittwaters: I suppose you're sure of the name of this perishing fjord?
Colin Metcalfe: Of course I'm sure!
Cmdr. Pittwaters: I always get them mixed up myself.
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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 (Winston Churchill) In the United States Senate 26-12-1941 See more »


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British World War 2 flag waver
28 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie is markedly more propagandist in tone than most movies made in the UK about the war while it was still in progress.It more closely resembles the overtly patriotic US pictures from the same era such as Guadalcanal Diary or Back To Bataan .It does not neglect to pay a merited tribute to the Norwegian people for their resistance either.

Hugh Williams plays Colin Metcalfe ,a London journalist sent by his paper to Norway , soon to be conquered by the Nazis .He falls in love with Kari Alstead (Deborah Kerr)the daughter of a local fisherman(Finlay Currie).He returns to London after a short posting to Norway where he witnesses a Nazi submarine in operation .He is sent back to the country by Naval Intelligence to help the Royal Navy pinpoint the exact location of the U-Boat base from which crippling attacks are being launched on allied vessels .In the time he was away Kari has been forced to enter into an engagement with the Quisling police chief Gunther(Griffith Moore)in order to protect her father from arrest by the local Nazi chief (Francis L Sullivan).He is able to engineer a raid which is in turn followed by brutal Nazi repression The movie gives a good picture of life under the jackboot and is well acted -although for all her talent Deborah Kerr is not ideal casting as a Norwegian fisherwoman .Ralph Richardson impresses as a journalist and Roland Culver is good as Naval Intelligence man Rousing and patriotic, the movie ends with a typically robust Churchillian sentiment that still stirs the blood and it is good to see British cinema indulging in patriotism rather than restraint for once

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