6.8/10
575
20 user 8 critic

Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

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.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Irwin Shaw (screen play), C.S. Forester (story)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A scheming mother wishes to make a succesful match between her daughter and a prince, yet another man, a commoner, may stand in the way.

Director: Paul L. Stein
Stars: Lillian Gish, Rod La Rocque, Conrad Nagel
The Enemy (1927)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Carl Behrend, son of a wealthy businessman, marries Pauli Arndt, daughter of a pacifist professor. When World War I breaks out, Carl is drafted. Pauli and her family and friends are left ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Niblo
Stars: Lillian Gish, Ralph Forbes, Ralph Emerson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Priam Farrel is a celebrated artist but a social recluse. When his valet dies of a sudden illness, a mix-up leads to the body being identified as Farrel's. The timid artist then assumes the... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hopkins
Stars: Roland Young, Lillian Gish, Montagu Love
The Cobweb (1955)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Henry B. Walthall
La Bohème (1926)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A group of starving artists try to survive in 1830s Paris, including a seamstress and the would-be playwright she loves.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Lillian Gish, John Gilbert, Renée Adorée
The Comedians (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier.

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Alec Guinness
A Wedding (1978)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Carol Burnett, Desi Arnaz Jr., Paul Dooley
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A strait-laced amateur sociologist, Phillips Christy, from a wealthy family subscribes to the theory that people are shaped by their environment. When he falls in love with Diane, a ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Lillian Gish, Sam De Grasse, Howard Gaye
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A dog (Hambone) treks from New York City to Los Angeles to be reunited with his owner (Hillie), meeting a host of helpers along the way.

Director: Roy Watts
Stars: Lillian Gish, Candy Clark, O.J. Simpson
Crime | Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The physician's death orphans his two adolescent daughters. Their older brother is able to convert some of the doctor's small estate to cash. But it is late in the day, and with the banks ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Elmer Booth
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The young village minister was not quite as discreet as he might have been in fulfilling the strange trust left by the dying mother, but it certainly worked for the common good. By the ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Mary Pickford, Charles Hill Mailes, Kate Bruce
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Olav
Rod Cameron ... Pastor
Louis Jean Heydt ... Karl Arnesen
George Macready ... Schoolteacher
Edit

Storyline

Erik Toresen, widower and fishery observer, leads a quiet life in a small Norwegian town; but after the Nazi occupation, German abuses lead Erik to form a Resistance group. After a killing, Erik flees to the wilderness and finds a secret German air base; he resolves to escape to England with its location. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

IN ALL ITS HEROIC SWEEP...THE FIRST GREAT SCREEN STORY OF TODAY'S GREAT HEROES! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Commandos Come at Dawn See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The commandos are played by Canadian soldiers in the Canadian Scottish, the Royal Rifles, the Sault Ste. Marie & Sudbury, and the Rocky Mountain Rangers. See more »

Goofs

During the firing squad scene, the second soldier from the left fails to correctly load the bullet into the chamber. On closing the rifle bolt, the bullet is seen hanging out of the chamber, and then drops to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Korstad: [advising her daughter-in-law at her wedding reception] Do not permit yourself to get fat. Fat has ruined more marriages than actresses and pretty widows.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: For long past the kingdom of Norway had been a domain of peace.

Content with their pattern of honesty and industry they were a people who feared nought and envied nobody.

So it was in the summer of 1939.... See more »

Connections

Featured in Reach for Glory (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Commandos March
Written by Ann Ronell and Louis Gruenberg
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Well worth seeing and preserving
29 October 2001 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

Although another of the "common folk against Nazi invasion and occupation" films, this one is better than most. The acting on all levels ranges from good to superior. The plot is complete and dynamic, and the technical elements, like music and setting, are extremely good. Amazingly, the accomplishments of Norway's underground during World War Two are more dramatic than those portrayed in the film. In addition to sabotage, the underground was able to cross and recross the Swedish border, many times to save Nordic Jews. In this instance, reality exceeds the fictional world of the movie industry. This is a well written dramatic film, well worth seeing and preserving!


20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed