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Tonight We Raid Calais (1943)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 30 April 1943 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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John Brahm

Writers:

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

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 Reginald Sheffield ... English Commander
John Banner ... Kurz
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Storyline

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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nerve-shocking THRILLS! breath-taking EXCITEMENT! heart-pounding ROMANCE! (original print ad) See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta Noite Bombardearemos Calais See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite war films. See more »

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When Carter and Bonnard are up on the hill, looking out over the village, they are shown from the rear standing about 2 feet apart. The camera angle changes and they are shoulder to shoulder. See more »

Soundtracks

Chant Du Depart
Lyrics by Marie Chenier
Music by Mehul
Sung by Annabella
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Vive La France!
3 October 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Another of those countless propaganda movies which intended to depict France during the Occupation.This movie bears the appropriate scars of the time.Annabella ,who was Tyrone Power's wife at the time and who lost her brother in WW2,was anxious to make something for her country.Not only she starred in this half-decent flick,but she also played on stage for the soldiers afterward.

An English soldier comes to occupied France:he's got to facilitate the raid (check the title).An arms factory must be destroyed.He winds up in a family : the daughter hates the English who killed her brother ,the father is a resistant fighter and the mother never got over her son's loss and is a bit lunatic .So our hero could easily pass for the late boy ,who would be just back from war.No sooner said than done.

Everybody speaks English ,the English spy (of course) ,the French and the Germans.John Sutton and Dalio exchanges two sentences in French,the former mumbles a "Auf Wiedersehn" and that's it.Annabella shouts "Vive la France" towards the end and the women working in the field sing the martial anthem "Le Chant Du Départ" " .The soundtrack uses "Auprès de Ma Blonde" and "La Marseillaise " over and over again,after an appropriate "Rule Britannia" for the beginning.


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