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Commandos Strike at Dawn
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Director:
Writers:
Irwin Shaw (screen play)
C.S. Forester (story)
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Release Date:
27 January 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE FIRST GREAT SCREEN STORY OF TODAY'S GREAT HEROES...THE COMMANDOS! See more »
Plot:
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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Solid but somewhat overlong morale-booster See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (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 
 
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 

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Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8927)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Hilma Arnesen:A dry punch bowl is against nature.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Reach for Glory (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Out to Pick the BerriesSee more »

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13 out of 15 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.

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