The New Pictures, Jan. 18, 1943

Commandos Strike at Dawn (Columbia) is the coolest, most workmanlike job of fighting that Hollywood has yet produced. This authentic picture of the devil dogs of this war has none of the phony nourishes or mushy fantasy of most Hollywood war films; in it is hardly a melodramatic line. A Norway raid is carried out with letter-perfect realism. Yet for all its realism the raid is strangely unexciting.

One reason is that Commandos unwisely attempts to combine two pictures in one. Picture No. 2—the raid—is overshadowed by Picture No. 1—the stirring story of...

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