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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.

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Cast

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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
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Robert Bowen (as Flying Officer Robert Coote RCAF)
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Hilma Arnesen
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German Captain
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Anna Korstad
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Gunnar Korstad
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Johan Garme
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Olav
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Pastor
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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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HEROES in the eyes of the world! MEN in the arms of their woman! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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30 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Commandos Come at Dawn  »

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$1,300,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bristol Bolingbroke (Canadian versions of the Blenheim) light bombers and Westland Lysander liaison aircraft were painted up with German Balkankreuz markings to stand in for unavailable Luftwaffe types. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in Reach for Glory (1962) See more »

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Out to Pick the Berries
Written by Ann Ronell
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Well worth seeing and preserving
29 October 2001 | by (flint mi) – See all my reviews

Although another of the "common folk against Nazi invasion and occupation" films, this one is better than most. The acting on all levels ranges from good to superior. The plot is complete and dynamic, and the technical elements, like music and setting, are extremely good. Amazingly, the accomplishments of Norway's underground during World War Two are more dramatic than those portrayed in the film. In addition to sabotage, the underground was able to cross and recross the Swedish border, many times to save Nordic Jews. In this instance, reality exceeds the fictional world of the movie industry. This is a well written dramatic film, well worth seeing and preserving!


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