Tonight We Raid Calais

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A timely film when first released in 1943, Tonight We Raid Calais survives as an entertaining adventure some fifty years later. John Sutton plays a British intelligence officer, sent into occupied France with a small unit to local a German munitions depot. While travelling under cover of darkness, Sutton confronts a French maiden Annabella who hates the British and the Germans with equal fervor. She eventually determines which side is the right side and allows Sutton to continue his mission. The officer is ...
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A timely film when first released in 1943, Tonight We Raid Calais survives as an entertaining adventure some fifty years later. John Sutton plays a British intelligence officer, sent into occupied France with a small unit to local a German munitions depot. While travelling under cover of darkness, Sutton confronts a French maiden Annabella who hates the British and the Germans with equal fervor. She eventually determines which side is the right side and allows Sutton to continue his mission. The officer is captured by the Nazis, but his comrades locate the munitions plant and notify the Allied bombers. The screenplay for Tonight We Raid Calais was written by future blacklistee Waldo Salt, whose liberal stance was politically correct during wartime but considered a "no no" once peace was declared.
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Special Features

Still gallery; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Propaganda films such as Tonight We Raid Calais were common during World War II, and most of them seem dated and/or insulting when seen by modern audiences. Calais is definitely dated, but it doesn't come across as particularly insulting, just a manipulative and a bit contrived. Surprisingly, accomplisher scenarist Waldo Salt is the writer and presumably he was working on a "made to order" project here. There's little of the distinctive style that Salt brings to other film scripts; rather, it's as if he were given a bunch of elements and told to work them into an appropriately patriotic screenplay. Certainly it works and has a decent amount of drama in it, but it lacks style; it also stretches credulity in a few places, notably the end. But that's not so unusual for many war films. John Brahm"s direction is efficient if not especially inspired, and there's fine work from cinematographer Lucien Ballard. John Sutton is unmemorable as the hero, but Annabella does very well as Odette, and Howard Da Silva impresses as the nasty Nazi that desires her.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • UPC: 024543432982
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Ann Codee Mme. Grandet
Nigel de Brulier Danton
Robert Lewis Maurice Bonnard
Richard Derr Captain
Leslie Denison Capt. Baird
William Edmunds Bell Ringer
Lester Matthews Maj. West
Reginald Sheffield Commander
John Banner Kurz
Leslie Vincent English Pilot
George Lynn Lieutenant
Rudolph Anders
Marcel Dalio Jacques Grandet
Technical Credits
John Brahm Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
André Daven Producer
Richard Day Art Director
Allen McNeil Editor
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Emil Newman Score Composer
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Russell J. Spencer Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tonight We Raid Calais
1. Main Titles/Special Agent [6:18]
2. Heading to the Target [4:04]
3. Upside Down [4:47]
4. Back in Town [1:49]
5. The Will to Resist [4:48]
6. The Sun From the East [3:29]
7. Vultures [3:13]
8. Made In London [:20]
9. The Commandant [3:45]
10. Harvesting the Wheat [2:13]
11. Unwelcome Visitor [5:05]
12. The Time Has Come [:28]
13. A Bitter Lesson [1:27]
14. What Time Is It? [3:32]
15. Vive La France! [4:09]
16. On the Same Side [2:30]
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Disc #1 -- Tonight We Raid Calais
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