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It's a World War II propaganda film about resistance in Norway. The story opens in August 1939, depicting a peaceful Norwegian fishing village. Creator/PaulMuni, the least Norwegian-looking man ever, plays Eric Toresen. Eric is a local weatherman and oceanographer for the government, a widower, and a single father. A British admiral, Adm. Bowen, is vacationing in the town, along with his son Robert and his lovely daughter Judith (Anna Lee). Romance blossoms between Eric and Judith, but they are soon separated by war.

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It's a World War II UsefulNotes/WorldWarII propaganda film about resistance in Norway. The story opens in August 1939, depicting a peaceful Norwegian fishing village. Creator/PaulMuni, the least Norwegian-looking man ever, plays Eric Toresen. Eric is a local weatherman and oceanographer for the government, a widower, and a single father. A British admiral, Adm. Bowen, is vacationing in the town, along with his son Robert and his lovely daughter Judith (Anna Lee). Romance blossoms between Eric and Judith, but they are soon separated by war.


%% * GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the future, please check the trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As Eric and Judith walk out from the wedding reception, a woman offscreen protests "Hans...no Hans, I said no!" Judith grins and says "Norway's not so different from any other place."

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As Eric GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and Judith walk out from persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the wedding reception, a woman offscreen protests "Hans...no Hans, I said no!" Judith grins and says "Norway's not so different from any other place."future, please check the trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.


* VerbalIrony: A German guard teases his agitated buddy: "Think there's a Norwegian behind every bush?" Paul ''is'' hiding behind the bushes at that exact moment.

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* VerbalIrony: A German guard teases his agitated buddy: "Think there's a Norwegian behind every bush?" Paul ''is'' hiding behind the bushes at that exact moment.moment.

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* VerbalIrony: A German guard teases his agitated buddy: "Think there's a Norwegian behind every bush?" Paul ''is'' hiding behind the bushes at that exact moment.
* WeddingEpisode: The film starts with supporting characters Anna and Gunner's wedding reception. The scene that plays out introduces most of the characters.

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* VerbalIrony: A German guard teases his agitated buddy: "Think there's a Norwegian behind every bush?" Paul ''is'' hiding behind the bushes at that exact moment.
* WeddingEpisode: The film starts with supporting characters Anna and Gunner's wedding reception. The scene that plays out introduces most of the characters.
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* WeddingDay: The film starts with supporting characters Anna and Gunner's wedding reception. The scene that plays out introduces most of the characters.

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* WeddingDay: WeddingEpisode: The film starts with supporting characters Anna and Gunner's wedding reception. The scene that plays out introduces most of the characters.

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Creator/LillianGish appears as Mrs. Bergesen. It was her first film in nine years and typical of the character parts she played for the rest of her movie career.

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Creator/LillianGish appears as Mrs. Bergesen. It was her first film in nine years and typical of the character parts she played for the rest of her movie career.
career. Compare ''Film/{{Edge of Darkness|1943}}'' (1943), a film with a similar story of resistance in a Norwegian fishing village.

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* LastBreathBullet: A mortally-wounded Eric is still able to fling the grenade that wipes out the Germans in front of the town hall, allowing the commandos to rescue the hostages.

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''Commandos Strike at Dawn'' is a 1942 film directed by John Farrow.

It's a World War II propaganda film about resistance in Norway. The story opens in August 1939, depicting a peaceful Norwegian fishing village. Creator/PaulMuni, the least Norwegian-looking man ever, plays Eric Toresen. Eric is a local weatherman and oceanographer for the government, a widower, and a single father. A British admiral, Adm. Bowen, is vacationing in the town, along with his son Robert and his lovely daughter Judith (Anna Lee). Romance blossoms between Eric and Judith, but they are soon separated by war.

Cut to April 9, 1940, and the German invasion of Norway. The Germans roll into Eric's village unopposed, and right away they start doing Nazi things like burning books, confiscating food and blankets, and brutally torturing Mr. Bergesen (Ray Collins), the most vocally anti-German person in the village. Soon mild-mannered Paul is organizing an anti-Nazi resistance group. Eventually he and a few others escape to Britain by fishing boat, and help to organize a British commando raid on their town.

Creator/LillianGish appears as Mrs. Bergesen. It was her first film in nine years and typical of the character parts she played for the rest of her movie career.

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* BittersweetEnding: Solveig is rescued along with the other hostages, but Eric is killed on the raid on the town, as is Robert, costing Adm. Bowen both a son and a son-in-law and leaving Solveig orphaned. But the war will go on, and the people of the town vow they will return.
* BookBurning: The Nazis confiscate all books they don't like and burn them in the town square.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Judith flips on her radio on September 3, 1939, at the exact moment that the BBC is giving the announcement about Germany ignoring the British note.
* DayOfTheJackboot: All too literal, as the jackbooted Germans march into town.
* DeathByChildbirth: In the backstory, and why Eric is a widower. His wife died giving birth to little Solveig.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Offscreen, even! A local gives a German car misleading directions, causing the German car to plunge off a cliff. All that is offscreen, however. The camera shows only the local looking satisfied as brakes squeal, there's a crashing sound, and there's an audible explosion.
* ExactEavesdropping: Hiding in the bushes as a fugitive, next to the airstrip, Eric has the good timing at that exact moment to hear chatter about how a lot of planes and a German general are on their way to the airstrip.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As Eric and Judith walk out from the wedding reception, a woman offscreen protests "Hans...no Hans, I said no!" Judith grins and says "Norway's not so different from any other place."
* ImmediateSelfContradiction: Having been rescued by a British ship after a difficult sea voyage, Eric says "I won't sleep a wink", then flops over onto the cot and sleeps.
* LesCollaborateurs: Lars, the owner of the hotel. He's pro-Nazi, and he informs on the others when Eric organizes a boat to England.
* TheOner
** The opening shot starts with the camera pointing out to the fjord. The camera then slowly does a 360-degree pan, showing the town before catching Eric waking down to the dock.
** There's a more extreme version in the wedding scene that follows. The wedding scene, in which most of the characters other than Eric are introduced and several relationships are sketched out, runs seven minutes without a cut.
* PlungerDetonator: The raid on the airstrip ends with the Brits using a plunger detonator to blow up what looks like the German airplane hangar.
* TimePassesMontage: A single quick montage with stock footage of combat and newspaper headlines recaps the course of the war from September 1939 to the invasion of Denmark and Norway in April 1940.
* VerbalIrony: A German guard teases his agitated buddy: "Think there's a Norwegian behind every bush?" Paul ''is'' hiding behind the bushes at that exact moment.
* WeddingDay: The film starts with supporting characters Anna and Gunner's wedding reception. The scene that plays out introduces most of the characters.

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