Decision Before Dawn (1951)
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"To Win the War, One Soldier Must Become the Enemy."
|WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. The US army lacks crucial knowledge about the German units operating on the opposite side of the Rhine, and decides to send two German prisoners to gather information. The scheme is risky: the Gestapo retains a terribly efficient network to identify and capture spies and deserters. Moreover, it is not clear that "Tiger", who does not mind any dirty work as long as the price is right, and war-weary "Happy", who might be easily betrayed by his feelings, are dependable agents. After Tiger and another American agent are successfully infiltrated, Happy is parachuted in Bavaria. His duty: find out the whereabouts of a powerful German armored unit moving towards the western front.System Requirements:Running Time: 119 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE|
Editor's NoteA very realistic WWII action film, DECISION BEFORE DAWN was shot in 1951 on location in a war-ravaged Germany, using actual former POWs in many of the roles. In the final days of the war, the German Army is suffering but refuses to yield, so the Allied forces, led by Lt. Rennick (Richard Basehart), make the risky move of sending two POWs to infiltrate the enemy. Tiger (Hans Christian Blech) and Happy (Oskar Werner) now face bleak odds against the enormously efficient Gestapo, while Rennick has his own doubts about whether or not the men are trustworthy.
Cast & Crew
|Anatole Litvak - Director|
|Dorothy Spencer - Editor|
|Frank McCarthy - Producer|
|Franz Planer - Cinematographer|
|Franz Wasman - Original Music By|
|Peter Viertel - Writer|
|Dorothy Spencer, Nominee, Best Film Editing|
Golden Globe (1952)
|Franz Planer, Nominee, Best Cinematography - Black and White|