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Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 30 December 1942 (USA)
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)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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
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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>

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At Last On The Screen! The Mighty Story Of The World-Famous COMMANDOS! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Commandos Come at Dawn See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 Color (2005). 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

EriK Toresen: Bergesen was right. Nobody, no civilized human being can know how bad they are!
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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 »

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Featured in Reach for Glory (1962) See more »

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Paul Muni Joins the Norwegian Resistance
11 June 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In 1939 Norway, peace-loving widower Paul Muni (as Erik Toresen) attends the wedding of a fisherman friend. There, he dances with leading lady Anna Lee (as Judith Bowen), daughter of visiting English admiral Cedric Hardwicke. She returns to England and Mr. Muni stays behind, only to witness wicked Adolf Hitler's Nazi forces invade his country. After the Germans demonstrate the expected brutality, Muni becomes a Norwegian resistance leader...

This pedestrian World War II propaganda story is not complimented by its own rewards. The Canadian filming location is lovely and the cast inviting. Especially noteworthy is the big screen return of legendary Lillian Gish (as Hilda Bergesen) after ten years focused on stage work, but in too small a role; Ms. Gish only punctuates how "Commandos Strike at Dawn" adds up to so much less than it should. There is certainly enough here, however, to recommend the film.

****** Commandos Strike at Dawn (12/30/42) John Farrow ~ Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke


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