The Commandos Strike at Dawn

The Commandos Strike at Dawn

John Farrow (1942)

PG Certificate


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Paul Muni - Hollywood's resident impersonator of Great Men of Our Time - plays a Norwegian fisherman fighting Nazi tyranny alongside a team of British commandos. When his daughter is held hostage by the Nazis he escapes to England and leads a sabotage mission to Norway. Based on a yarn by Hornblower writer CS Forester and adapted by Irwin Shaw, author of The Young Lions, it's a bit plodding for a flag-waver, getting bogged down with romance supplied by Anna Lee, but boasts an interesting cast, including silent screen legend Lillian Gish who hadn't made a film since 1933.


A Norwegian fisherman is appalled by the atrocities of the Nazi occupation and forms a resistance force. When he learns the location of a secret German airbase, he decides to escape the country for Britain to pass on what he has learned and return with Allied soldiers to drive out the invaders. Second World War drama, starring Paul Muni, Anna Lee and Lillian Gish.

Cast & Crew

Eric Toresen Paul Muni
Judith Bowen Anna Lee
Mrs Bergesen Lillian Gish
Admiral Bowen Cedric Hardwicke
Johan Bergesen Ray Collins
Robert Bowen Robert Coote
Hilma Arnesen Rosemary DeCamp
Anna Korstad Elisabeth Fraser
Director John Farrow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd