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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 »

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screenplay), L. Willinger (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabella ... Odette Bonnard
John Sutton ... Geoffrey Carter
Lee J. Cobb ... M. Bonnard
Beulah Bondi ... Mme. Bonnard
Blanche Yurka ... Widow Grelieu
Howard Da Silva ... Sgt. Block
Marcel Dalio ... Jacques Grandet
Ann Codee ... Mme. Grandet
Nigel De Brulier ... Danton
Robert Lewis ... Maurice Bonnard
Richard Derr ... German Captain
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Bell Ringer (as Billy Edmunds)
Lester Matthews ... English Maj. West
Reginald Sheffield Reginald Sheffield ... English Commander
John Banner ... Kurz
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Storyline

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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ACTION! ROMANCE! THRILLS! (original posters) See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esta Noite Bombardearemos Calais See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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About an hour into the movie, Carter looks at the watch of a German officer and it is 11:20. The dialogue between Carter and the officer continues for the next minute or so and there is no indication that extra time had lapsed. The watch is shown again and it suddenly 11:30. See more »

Soundtracks

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 bkoganbingSee 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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