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

Metcalfe's quote, "Night's candles are burned out and jocund says stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops ...", is from 'Romeo and Juliet', Act III, Scene 5 by William Shakespeare. See more »

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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 »

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Frank Lockwood: If we want to save our skins, we've got to fight!
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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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Lily of Laguna
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Written by Leslie Stuart
Heard when Alstad's boat is nearly run down by the Altmark, the German ship
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Solid piece of wartime entertainment
8 December 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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.

1940's British cinema is understandably packed with wartime propaganda pieces. This film doesn't stand out from the pack but it is still worth a watch. The basic plot is interesting and provides tense drama towards the end, even if it gets all confused at times in the middle and some of it didn't quite hang together for me. The action is a little stilted at times and the film never misses a chance to show how very selfish and foolish the German officers are. This is a little heavy handed but what did you expect from a propaganda film? However it is badly done at times and seems heavy handed.

The cast are mainly good. Williams is typical of the stiff upper lip English heroes of this type of film. Again it seems a little stiff but it's the usual sort of English gentleman that we wanted to see at the time – especially when compared to the slimly cowardly Germans shown here. The support cast are OK despite the very, very iffy Norwegian accents, but this doesn't matter too much.

Overall this film is typical British wartime propaganda. The Brits save the day, the Germans are cowardly, sacrifice is made but the greater good is served. As a Brit this is a solid bit of entertainment for a rainy Saturday afternoon, but probably not much more capable than that.


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