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The Avengers (1942)

The Day Will Dawn (original title)
| Drama, War | 8 June 1942 (UK)
Horse race tipster and journalist Colin Metcalfe is picked for the job of foreign correspondent in Norway when Hitler invades Poland. On the way to Norway his boat is attacked by a German ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold French

Writers:

Frank Owen (by), Terence Rattigan (treatment and screenplay) (as Terrence Rattigan) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Williams ... Colin Metcalfe
Griffith Jones ... Police Inspector Gunter (as Griffiths Jones)
Deborah Kerr ... Kari Alstad
Ralph Richardson ... Frank Lockwood
Francis L. Sullivan ... Kommandant Ulrich Wettau
Roland Culver ... Cmdr. Pittwaters
Finlay Currie ... Capt. Alstad
Niall MacGinnis ... Olaf
Elizabeth Mann Elizabeth Mann ... Gerda
Raymond Huntley ... Norwegian Under Secretary (scenes deleted)
Patricia Medina ... Ingrid
Roland Pertwee ... Capt. Waverley - Naval Intelligence
Henry Oscar ... Newspaper Editor
David Horne ... Evans, Foreign Editor
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Jack, News Editor
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Storyline

Horse race tipster and journalist Colin Metcalfe is picked for the job of foreign correspondent in Norway when Hitler invades Poland. On the way to Norway his boat is attacked by a German U-Boat. However, when he tells the Navy about it, they don't believe him, and to make matters worse, he is removed from his job. When German forces invade Norway, Metcalfe returns determined to uncover what is going on and stop the Germans in their tracks. Written by Bob the Moo

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The Commandos Are On The March Again! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 June 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Avengers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paul Soskin Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Metcalfe's quote, "Night's candles are burned out and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops ...", is from 'Romeo and Juliet', Act III, Scene 5 by William Shakespeare. See more »

Goofs

There is some very hurried stock footage run at the wrong speed, of German U-boats during the attack on Alstad's boat. See more »

Quotes

Evans, Foreign Editor: This government of ours doesn't realise what sort of a world we're living in.
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Crazy Credits

Postscript on screen: "In a dozen famous ancient states, now prostrate under the Nazi yoke, the masses of the people, all classes and creeds, await the hour of liberation, when they, too, will be able once again to play their part and strike their blows like men. That hour will strike, and its solemn peal will proclaim that the night is past and that the dawn has come."

The PRIME MINISTER In the SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES 26 · 12 · 1941 See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Brittania
(uncredited)
Lyrics by James Thomson
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Sung in bar in Norway
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Opening Credits
4 February 2009 | by russell-hainesSee all my reviews

I'm sure that the opening credits thank the "Royal N O R W E I G A N Government" - i.e. they misspell Norwegian.

Is this some archaic spelling, is it a goof, or are my eyes playing tricks on me?

(This was on the TV this afternoon so I couldn't rewind to check, sorry!)

Otherwise I thought that the film was OK, for a bit of wartime propaganda. Not exactly in the league of In Which We Serve, and obviously not as "balanced" as post-war films such as "The Cruel Sea", but the performances were largely OK and the script not too "tally ho chaps".

Some of the stock (?) footage and props were a bit flaky, but that's not surprising, there was a war on, you know...


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