This production has been endowed with all the facilities required to emerge as an exciting tale of the bloodless Nazi subjugation of the people of Norway - and the spirit that prompts a group of Nordics to break the grip of Hitlerian despotism. It is a film [from a story by C.S. Forester] that is frequently slow, sometimes belabored, and occasionally unbelievable in its sentimental dramatics but, withal, one that is a must-see because of its impending - and frequently realized - sense of excitement.

This production has been endowed with all the facilities required to emerge as an exciting tale of the bloodless Nazi subjugation of the people of Norway – and the spirit that prompts a group of Nordics to break the grip of Hitlerian despotism. It is a film [from a story by C.S. Forester] that is frequently slow, sometimes belabored, and occasionally unbelievable in its sentimental dramatics but, withal, one that is a must-see because of its impending – and frequently realized – sense of excitement.

Paul Muni portrays the Nordic fisherman who leads the movement and ultimately the Commando expedition. His is a forthright performance, occasionally underplayed, but always ringing true. Anna Lee is his romantic counterpart, a part acted well, though it’s a role that’s out of place. Commandos and romance don’t strike a favorable note.

The Commandos Strike at Dawn

Production

Columbia. Director John Farrow; Producer Lester Cowan; Screenplay Irwin Shaw; Camera William C. Mellor; Editor Anne Bauchens; Music Louis Gruenberg

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Paul Muni Anna Lee Lillian Gish Cedric Hardwicke Robert Coote Ray Collins
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