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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Odette Bonnard
... Geoffrey Carter
... M. Bonnard
... Mme. Bonnard
... Widow Grelieu
... Sgt. Block
... Jacques Grandet
... Mme. Grandet
... Danton
... Maurice Bonnard
... German Captain
William Edmunds ... Bell Ringer (as Billy Edmunds)
... English Maj. West
Reginald Sheffield ... English Commander
... 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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See how a fearless commando and the fighting French girl he loved worked with the reckless patriots of the underground paved the way (original print ad) See more »


Action | Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

30 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esta Noite Bombardearemos Calais  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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


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 »


Chant Du Depart
Lyrics by Marie Chenier
Music by Mehul
Sung by Annabella
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A job of spotting
8 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

From the B picture unit at 20th Century Fox, Tonight We Raid Calais has John Sutton as an RAF pilot on the ground doing a bit of spotting for the RAF. Where he's doing it is in occupied France and out of uniform.

RAF high command wants to make sure it hits a factory building tanks so Sutton has the job of locating it and lighting the way for the RAF night attack. But a woman who is unhappy because her brother was killed by the British at Oran after the Vichy government drafted him could gum up his plans. Annabella has no love for the occupying Germans except for the sex she's forced to give up to a rather brutish Wehrmacht sergeant played by Howard DaSilva.

A couple of outstanding performances also come from those playing Annabella's parents. Lee J. Cobb and Beulah Bondi especially from Bondi who innocently betrays Sutton to the enemy.

Tonight We Raid Calais is your typical wartime flag waver. The writer is Waldo Salt of the infamous Hollywood Ten. Look all you want to see if there was anything that got the old mastodons on the House Un-American Activities Committee aroused.

I think all you'll find is a decent action flick.

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