They Raid by Night

Overview

As old and creaky as They Raid By Night looked on its best day -- which was probably the day it hit theaters in 1942 -- the Alpha Video DVD makes it look even worse. Tranferred from a scratched, grainy print that is missing frames at various points, the full-screen (1.33-to-1) image also seem to be minor authoring errors in the disc itself which, if it were made from a better source, might be a serious cause of distress. Instead, because it starts off at such a low level of quality, the playback flaws aren't ...
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Overview

As old and creaky as They Raid By Night looked on its best day -- which was probably the day it hit theaters in 1942 -- the Alpha Video DVD makes it look even worse. Tranferred from a scratched, grainy print that is missing frames at various points, the full-screen (1.33-to-1) image also seem to be minor authoring errors in the disc itself which, if it were made from a better source, might be a serious cause of distress. Instead, because it starts off at such a low level of quality, the playback flaws aren't nearly as jarring as they might otherwise have been. So in that sense, there's a certain balance and consistency to this release, albeit of poverty at every level (indeed, going right back to 1942 and the circumstances of the movie's production and, especially, June Duprez's presence in the cast). The usual six-chapter breakdown for Alpha titles are here with, as always, no frills of any kind.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Spencer Gordon Bennet's They Raid By Night is so threadbare as a production, that it seems as though it's a dozen years older than it really is -- with static camera work and total absence of music over extended dialogue sequences, it plays like a production from 1930 rather than 1942. And since the crew obviously didn't forget all that had been learned in that dozen years, the fault obviously lies with the low budget of the production and an incredibly rushed shooting schedule -- production company PRC may have designated this as a "special," but they were clearly so intent on getting it into theaters as early as possible, that much of the attention to detail that normally goes into a feature film also went by the boards. Perhaps they just thought that director Bennet, whose career went back to the silents, could bring it in successfully, and in terms of finishing it, he did just that. As to notable attributes, the only one to be found in They Raid By Night other than its creakiness is the presence in the cast of June Duprez. The English actress, who had risen to stardom in Alexander Korda's The Thief of Bagdad (1940), was living considerably reduced circumstances in Hollywood following the latter movie's premiere, and this was one of a tiny handful of low-budget productions that she was forced to participate in to pay the bills. Though beautiful as ever, and given second billing, she does not look either comfortable or convincing in her role here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • UPC: 089218437198
  • Original Release: 1942
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  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,336

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lyle Talbot Capt. Robert Owen
June Duprez Inga
Victor Varconi Oberst von Ritter
George Neise Lt. Falken
Paul Baratoff Gen. Heden
Crane Whitley Doctor
Sven Hugo Borg Dalberg
Eric Wilton Gen. Lloyd
Pierce Lyden Braun
John Beck Beggar
Sigfrid Tor German Lieutenant
Robert C. Fischer Von Memel
Bruce Kellogg Sentry
Charles "Buddy" Rogers Harry
Leslie Denison Capt. Deane
Technical Credits
Spencer Gordon Bennet Director
David Chudnow Score Composer
Dixon R. Harwin Producer
Charles Henkle Jr. Editor
Jack Natteford Screenwriter
Glenn Thompson Art Director
Gilbert Warrenton Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:56]
2. Chapter 2 [10:59]
3. Chapter 3 [9:48]
4. Chapter 4 [13:34]
5. Chapter 5 [11:58]
6. Chapter 6 [11:39]
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