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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.

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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:
Good take on the Norwegian spirit 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 (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)
 
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 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #8927) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) (uncredited)

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Trivia:
Behind-the-scenes footage made during location filming in Canada is included in the CBC-TV documentary "Canada's War in Colour" (2005).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:
EriK Toresen:...I've lived a quiet life. The Germans have not lived quiet lives. We must learn from them how to become gangsters, thugs, useful with knife, dynamite, poison!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Reach for Glory (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Out to Pick the BerriesSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good take on the Norwegian spirit, 19 June 2009
Author: intelearts from the big screen

With the action coming in the last 20 minutes this isn't just a film about commandos. It is also a film about the Norwegians and how they, without commandos or training, but rather through gumption and nous, became a thorn in the side of the German occupation.

The simple plot of how a mild mannered Norwegian becomes a patriot is well told and they are many nice touches showing the Norwegian life at the time.

All in all a good war film, and one that while typical of the period has a heart and spirit about it that make it good viewing.

If it comes around and you like WWII films then catch it, it's well worth the time.

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