Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

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A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.



  • Lillian Gish in Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
  • Lillian Gish in Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
  • Lillian Gish in Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
  • Lillian Gish and Elisabeth Fraser in Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
  • Lillian Gish and Ray Collins in Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
  • Lillian Gish in Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

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11 June 2011 | wes-connors
| Paul Muni Joins the Norwegian Resistance
In 1939 Norway, peace-loving widower Paul Muni (as Erik Toresen) attends the wedding of a fisherman friend. There, he dances with leading lady Anna Lee (as Judith Bowen), daughter of visiting English admiral Cedric Hardwicke. She returns to England and Mr. Muni stays behind, only to witness wicked Adolf Hitler's Nazi forces invade his country. After the Germans demonstrate the expected brutality, Muni becomes a Norwegian resistance leader...

This pedestrian World War II propaganda story is not complimented by its own rewards. The Canadian filming location is lovely and the cast inviting. Especially noteworthy is the big screen return of legendary Lillian Gish (as Hilda Bergesen) after ten years focused on stage work, but in too small a role; Ms. Gish only punctuates how "Commandos Strike at Dawn" adds up to so much less than it should. There is certainly enough here, however, to recommend the film.

****** Commandos Strike at Dawn (12/30/42) John Farrow ~ Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke

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