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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 propaganda film 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:
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:
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:[joking to friends] Go on, wash your necks!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Reach for Glory (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Out to Pick the BerriesSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
good propaganda film, 30 October 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Commandos Strike at Dawn," from 1942, is another propaganda that demonstrates the spirit of the Norwegians and their commitment to resistance. This one is directed by John Farrow, with a screenplay by a man whose name would become synonymous with long novels, Irwin Shaw, and stars Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke, Alexander Knox, George MacCready, Ann Carter, Rosemary DeCamp, and Ray Collins.

Based on a story by C.S. Forester, "Commandos Strike at Dawn" tells the story of more victims of Quisling, citizens of a small town that is taken over by the Nazis. After Eric Toresen (Muni) sees a friend murdered and another one (Collins) severely beaten, he gets some of the townspeople to form a resistance group. When he realizes that the Germans are preparing for a huge air strike against England, he is determined to get the information to the right people in England and join the fight.

Very good film, if a little slow in spots. Muni gives an excellent performance as the bold Toreson, and Ray Collins, Lt. Tragg of Perry Mason, is cast against type as one who vocally opposes the Nazis, and he is very good. This was probably his favorite role, as it's so different from his standard tough cop or crooked politician role. Lillian Gish doesn't have much to do, sadly, as his wife. Neither does Anna Lee, as the daughter of a British military man (Hardwicke) who falls for Muni.

Someone commenting here said that this film, and probably by inference, Edge of Darkness, exaggerates the role of the underground in Europe, that most Europeans were passive during the war, afraid of reprisal. That may have been true in some areas - Germany most definitely - but that was not true in France and Norway, both of which had formidable resistance movements. Some people don't like bullies.

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