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They Raid by Night (1942)

Approved | | Drama, War | 19 June 1942 (USA)
The British Commandos send Bob Owen (Lyle Talbot) to Norway to prepare for a raid. His mission also includes freeing General Heden (Paul Baratoff) who is being held by the Nazis. His aides ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Robert Owen
... Inga Beckering
... Col. Otto von Ritter
... Lt. Erik Falken
Charley Rogers ... Sgt. Harry Hall
Paul Baratoff ... Gen. Heden
Leslie Denison ... Capt. Ralph Deane
Crane Whitley ... Doctor
... Dalberg
Eric Wilton ... Gen. Lloyd
... Braun - Ritter's Aide
John Beck ... Mr. Sandling - Beggar
... Maj. Von Memel
Sigfrid Tor ... German Lieutenant
Brian O'Hara ... Lammet - Radio Broadcaster
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The British Commandos send Bob Owen (Lyle Talbot) to Norway to prepare for a raid. His mission also includes freeing General Heden (Paul Baratoff) who is being held by the Nazis. His aides include Eric Falken (George Nesie) and Harry (Charles Rogers). Inga (June Duprez), a Norwegian girl to whom Falken was once engaged but who has become the sweetheart of Oberst Von Ritter (Victor Varconi), betrays their hiding place. The three overpower the Gestapo men sent after them, take their uniforms and enter the prison camp and free Heden. The four men then start for the coast to meet the Commando expedition. Inga, who the men still trust, again informs von Ritter and Falken is captured but Bob and Harry escape with the aid of Dalberg, who they thought was a Quisling stooge. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Commandos Have Landed  »

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This film was one of a handful of movies that were all released around the same time that dealt with the Norwegian Resistance in World War II. Besides this one there were Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942); First Comes Courage (1943) and Edge of Darkness (1943). See more »

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The office in the prison shows a world map with the Western hemisphere shown centrally, rather than central Europe, indicating the U.S. origin of the production and crew. See more »

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Symphony No.5
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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It's not so bad.
20 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Yes, the production values are lacking. Yes, there are abundant plot holes -- however, for a Poverty Row war movie from the 1940s, the movie is actually not half bad. While there are numerous shots of stock footage and people walking in to poorly painted curtains doubling for the winter-bound grandeur that is Norway, the acting is better than one would expect in a movie of the genre. The writing seems to be a half-tick better than the average fare of the time and genre. The fellow playing the Nazi commander isn't the normal "one note" evil Nazi so often seen both then and later in such movies. The fellow playing the chief commando on the raid is fairly effective, if not entirely believable in the part.

All in all, I recommend it for those who are World War II buffs and have 70 minutes to kill.


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