IMDb > Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
Commandos Strike at Dawn
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 5 | slideshow) Videos
Commandos Strike at Dawn -- Dynamic performances by Paul Muni and Anna Lee highlight this action drama set in WWII Norway. Muniis a Norwegian fisherman whose taken on the extremely dangerous job of helping British commandos attack occupying Nazis.


User Rating:
6.8/10   422 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 125% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Irwin Shaw (screen play)
C.S. Forester (story)
View company contact information for Commandos Strike at Dawn on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
27 January 1943 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Solid but somewhat overlong morale-booster See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Muni ... Eric Toresen

Anna Lee ... Judith Bowen

Lillian Gish ... Mrs. Bergesen

Cedric Hardwicke ... Admiral Bowen (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Ray Collins ... Johan Bergesen
Robert Coote ... Robert Bowen (as Flying Officer Robert Coote RCAF)
Rosemary DeCamp ... Hilma Arnesen

Alexander Knox ... German Captain
Elisabeth Fraser ... Anna Korstad
Richard Derr ... Gunnar Korstad
Erville Alderson ... Johan Garme
Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Olav
Rod Cameron ... Pastor
Louis Jean Heydt ... Karl Arnesen

George Macready ... Schoolteacher
Arthur Margetson ... German Colonel
V.S. Godfrey ... Armed Forces (as Captain V.S.Godfrey RCN)

C.M. Cree ... Armed Forces (as Commander C.M.Cree RCN)
R.A. Fraser ... Armed Forces (as Brigadier R.A. Fraser VD CRA)
C.T. Beard ... Armed Forces (as Commander C.T. Beard RCN [R])
Gus Sivertz ... Armed Forces (as Major Gus Sivertz)
L.E. Kemp ... Armed Forces (as Sergeant Major L. E. Kemp)
Mickey Miquelon ... Armed Forces (as Sergeant Major Mickey Miquelon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lloyd Bridges ... Young German Soldier (uncredited)
Ann Carter ... Solveig Toresen (uncredited)
John Farrow ... British Naval Officer (uncredited)
Norvald Flaaten ... Soldier pulling down German Flag (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... German Soldier at the Sound Detector (uncredited)
Gertrude Hoffman ... Elderly Village Woman (uncredited)
Elsa Janssen ... Mrs. Korstad (uncredited)

George Lynn ... German Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Mr. Korstad (uncredited)
Erik Rolf ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Otto - German Soldier (uncredited)
John Arthur Stockton ... Alfred Korstad (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Thirsty German Soldier (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... German Soldier Taking Blankets (uncredited)

Directed by
John Farrow 
Writing credits
Irwin Shaw (screen play)

C.S. Forester (story)

Produced by
Lester Cowan .... producer
Original Music by
Louis Gruenberg (musical score)
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens 
Production Design by
Gordon Wiles (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Edward C. Jewell  (as Edward Jewell)
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clarence Bricker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Harve Foster .... assistant director (uncredited)
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound recordist (as John Goodrich)
Special Effects by
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
George DeNormand .... stunts (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Al Vaughan .... assistant to director (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #8927) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) (uncredited)

Did You Know?

The commandos are played by Canadian soldiers in the Canadian Scottish, the Royal Rifles, the Sault Ste. Marie & Sudbury, and the Rocky Mountain Rangers. From "Actor: The Life & Times of Paul Muni" by Jerome Lawrence, GB Putnam's Sons, 1974.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
EriK Toresen:[joking to friends] Go on, wash your necks!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Reach for Glory (1962)See more »
Out to Pick the BerriesSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Solid but somewhat overlong morale-booster, 24 September 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

With a story by Hornblower creator C.S. Forrester and a screenplay by future doorstop novelist Irwin Shaw, 1942's Commandos Strike at Dawn is a solid but overlong wartime propaganda picture that benefits from a good location (Canada standing in for Norway, giving it a similar feel to parts of 49th Parallel), a strong cast (an understated Paul Muni, Ray Collins, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke and the ever likable Robert Coote among them, while Alexander Knox does double duty as a cold Nazi and the voice of the commandos' padre delivering a pre-raid sermon) but ultimately just takes too long to get where its going. Certainly the commando raid itself is a long time coming and not particularly excitingly mounted despite obvious extensive cooperation from the Canadian armed forces, although the last few minutes are almost staged as a pure western with commandos and Nazis instead of cowboys and Indians. En route it understandably overplays the acts resistance for morale-boosting purposes, but it the first half is elevated by some of the always-undervalued director John Farrow's typically complicated but unostentatious long tracking shots. For classical music buffs, Igor Stravinsky's Four Norwegian Moods was based on his rejected score for the film, replaced here by a more overtly stirring Oscar-nominated effort by Louis Gruenberg and an uncredited John Leipold.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (16 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
commandos strike at dawn melkennedy4
Strange Music hawkeye_74
Ship in this movie. alplatt-1
Good Film zelley-1
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Edge of Darkness Downfall Defiance Miracle at St. Anna Rome, Open City
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.