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Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  30 December 1942 (USA)
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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.

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Judith Bowen
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Mrs. Bergesen
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Admiral Bowen (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Johan Bergesen
Robert Coote ...
Robert Bowen (as Flying Officer Robert Coote RCAF)
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Hilma Arnesen
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German Captain
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Anna Korstad
Richard Derr ...
Gunnar Korstad
Erville Alderson ...
Johan Garme
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Olav
Rod Cameron ...
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Louis Jean Heydt ...
Karl Arnesen
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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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30 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ataque al amanecer  »

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The climax was inspired by the British & Norwegian commando attack on the islands of Vagsoy and Maaloy on December 27, 1941. From "The Commandos" by Russell Miller, Time Life Books, 1981; "Success of Raid on Norway" in "Times of London" December 30, 1941, page 2. See more »

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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 »

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EriK Toresen: It's hard for me to talk. Our people, as you know, are not demonstrative, but we don't forget our friends nor our enemies.
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A good film
5 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The film was particularly interesting for me as my father was stationed at the Canadian/RAF base in 1942 on Vancouver Island. He mentioned how gracious the star's were and that they took the time to visit the lads who were busy flight training. I have recently read an old RAF magazine called (The Patrician)about director, John Farrow and actor Paul Muni being livid after a British extra ruined a battle scene by laughing hysterically in front of the camera. The area of the secret German camp is actually a military/civilian firing range and is still active today. A set of over grown cement stairs that the Commando's used as they struggled up a steep bank can still be seen in the beautiful Saanich Inlet from the water 64 years later.


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