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They Raid by Night (1942)

Approved | | Drama, War | 19 June 1942 (USA)
The British Commandos send Bob Owen (Lyle Talbot) to Norway to prepare for a raid. His mission also includes freeing General Heden (Paul Baratoff) who is being held by the Nazis. His aides ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Otto von Ritter
Lt. Erik Falken
Charley Rogers ...
Sgt. Harry Hall
Paul Baratoff ...
Gen. Heden
Leslie Denison ...
Capt. Ralph Deane
Crane Whitley ...
Eric Wilton ...
Gen. Lloyd
Braun, Ritter's Aide
John Beck ...
Mr. Sandling, Beggar
Robert Fischer ...
Maj. Von Memel
Sigfrid Tor ...
German Lieutenant
Brian O'Hara ...
Lammet, Radio Broadcaster


The British Commandos send Bob Owen (Lyle Talbot) to Norway to prepare for a raid. His mission also includes freeing General Heden (Paul Baratoff) who is being held by the Nazis. His aides include Eric Falken (George Nesie) and Harry (Charles Rogers). Inga (June Duprez), a Norwegian girl to whom Falken was once engaged but who has become the sweetheart of Oberst Von Ritter (Victor Varconi), betrays their hiding place. The three overpower the Gestapo men sent after them, take their uniforms and enter the prison camp and free Heden. The four men then start for the coast to meet the Commando expedition. Inga, who the men still trust, again informs von Ritter and Falken is captured but Bob and Harry escape with the aid of Dalberg, who they thought was a Quisling stooge. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

19 June 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Commandos Have Landed  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was one of a handful of movies that were all released around the same time that dealt with the Norwegian Resistance in World War II. Besides this one there were Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942); First Comes Courage (1943) and Edge of Darkness (1943). See more »


The commandos twice hide from a plane that it searching for them. This plane is a DC-3/ C-47 with a British roundel. The Germans did not fly this model of aircraft. See more »


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good flick
16 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a war movie which is about occupied area.

The surface plot of three Allied men on a mission in the occupied area to rescue a general is a smokescreen for the real story.

The real story comes with the clever writing, writing so clever that even today many people don't notice it, but very evident to those with writing experience.

The real story is the people of the occupied area, and what they go through. The chief characters on the surface go through the usual cat and mouse game of espionage.

Meanwhile, the civilian characters, notably three of them, a blind man, a beautiful woman, and a toady, show what life is like for them, and what their aspirations are. The entire film is really about them, but it is so cleverly written that it isn't seen by many people.

It is well thought out and entertaining as well. It flows much better than about any movie you find today. Thumbs up.

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