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They Who Dare (1954)

During World War II, British commandos are sent to destroy a Luftwaffe airfield on a Greek island.


Lewis Milestone


Robert Westerby (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Lieut. Graham
Denholm Elliott ... Sergeant Corcoran
Akim Tamiroff ... Captain George One
Gérard Oury ... Captain George Two (as Gerard Oury)
Eric Pohlmann ... Captain Nikolides Papadapoulos
Alec Mango ... Patroklis
David Peel ... Sergeant Evans
Sam Kydd ... Marine Boyd
William Russell ... Lieut. Poole (as Russell Enoch)
Peter Burton ... Marine Barrett
Harold Siddons Harold Siddons ... Lieut. Stevens R.N.
Michael Mellinger ... Toplis
Anthea Leigh Anthea Leigh ... Marika
Kay Callard Kay Callard ... Nightclub Singer
Lisa Gastoni ... George Two's Girlfriend


In Greece, during World War II, a small group of British commandoes and patriots land on an island with orders to attack two airfields from which the Luftwaffe is threatening allied forces in Egypt. The island is crawling with troops, and even moving by night, the men soon run into trouble. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | History | War


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Lack-lustre war movie but pleasant enough
22 July 2014 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"They Who Dare", which Lewis Milestone directed in 1953, comes across as a kind of preamble for "The Guns of Navarone" and was handsomely shot on location. It deals with the exploits of a small group of British and Greek soldiers tasked with blowing up German air bases on Rhodes but is rather lacking in action; most of the time is spent on the journey to the targets thought when the fighting does start it is lively enough. This is Dirk Bogarde in handsome, dashing leading man mode rather than Bogarde the actor he was ultimately to become and others in the cast include Denholm Elliot and Akim Tamiroff, though they are both wasted. It's hardly comparable to Milestone's other war movies but it's far from being a right-off either.

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Release Date:

2 February 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lewis Milestone's They Who Dare See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Production Co:

Mayflower Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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