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Tonight We Raid Calais (1943)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 30 April 1943 (USA)
During WW2, a British commando lands in Nazi-occupied France to locate a German munitions plant and to mark the target with a beacon for the Allied night bombers sent to destroy it.


John Brahm


Waldo Salt (screenplay), L. Willinger (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabella ... Odette Bonnard
John Sutton ... Geoffrey Carter
Lee J. Cobb ... M. Bonnard
Beulah Bondi ... Mme. Bonnard
Blanche Yurka ... Widow Grelieu
Howard Da Silva ... Sgt. Block
Marcel Dalio ... Jacques Grandet
Ann Codee ... Mme. Grandet
Nigel De Brulier ... Danton
Robert Lewis ... Maurice Bonnard
Richard Derr ... German Captain
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Bell Ringer (as Billy Edmunds)
Lester Matthews ... English Maj. West
Reginald Sheffield ... English Commander
John Banner ... Kurz


British Intellengence dispatches Commando Geoffrey Carter on a one-man raid to destroy a munitions plant that manufactures bombs in Nazi-occupied France. He enlists the aid of a patriotic farmer, M. Bonnard, that lives near the plant, over the objections of his daughter Odette Bonnard, who believes that the British were responsible for the fall of France. Her attitude softens toward Carter, who is living with the family as posing as a son, but Odette cannot bring herself to aid in Carter's plan because of her fear of reprisals against her family. She turns informer and the Nazis capture Carter. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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INVASION IS HERE! Big! Thrilling! Spectacular! Out of Today's Headlines! (Print Ad- Utica Observer-Dispatch, ((Utica, NY)) 15 July 1943) See more »


Action | Drama | Romance | War


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About an hour into the movie, Carter looks at the watch of a German officer and it is 11:20. The dialogue between Carter and the officer continues for the next minute or so and there is no indication that extra time had lapsed. The watch is shown again and it suddenly 11:30. See more »


Chant Du Depart
Lyrics by Marie Chenier
Music by Mehul
Sung by Annabella
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I'll Wash My Hair Some Other Night
29 November 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The Germans are manufacturing anti-tank gizmos in Picardy, upriver from Calais. John Sutton is sent there to somehow mark the factory so that when the RAF is bombing the stuffing out of Calais, some can take a side trip and destroy the widget plant. It goes pretty well. He meets Lee J. Cobb, whose wife is Beulah Bondi and daughter Annabelle, a typical French family. He impersonates the son of the family.... but somehow the nasty Nazis find out about him, arrest the family. Sutton has largely disappeared from the screen by this point, turned into a Maguffin, so the Germans get the increasingly dimwitted Annabelle to track them down for them.

It's actually a pretty good script, with lots of moving parts, even if Lee J. Cobb is as French as a Brooklyn Dodgers fan can be. It's clearly no more than a programmer; it lacks even the recognizable, dilapidated star fronting a Fox B movie. Director John Brahm keeps up the pace, though, and Lucien Ballard uses a lot of side lighting toincrease the drama, resulting in a good movie.

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Release Date:

30 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Project 47 See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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