GenreDrama, History, War CinematographyWilkie Cooper LanguageEnglish
WriterRobert Westerby (screenplay) Release date2 February 1954 CastDirk Bogarde (Lieut. Graham), Denholm Elliott (Sgt Corcoran), Eric Pohlmann (Capt Papadapoulos), Akim Tamiroff (Capt George One), Harold Siddons (Lt Stevens R.N.), Peter Burton (Marine Barrett) Similar moviesDirk Bogarde appears in They Who Dare and Ill Met by Moonlight
They who dare 1953 fan made teaser
They Who Dare is a 1954 Second World War war film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Dirk Bogarde, Denholm Elliott and Akim Tamiroff. The story is based on Operation Anglo that took place during World War II in the Dodecanese islands where special forces attempted to disrupt the Luftwaffe from threatening Allied forces in Egypt. The title of the film is a reference to the motto of the Special Air Service: "Who Dares Wins".
During the Second World War, a group of six Special Boat Service commandos, two Greek officers and two local guides, are sent on a mission to destroy two German airfields on Rhodes. Led by Lieutenant Graham (Dirk Bogarde), the party are taken to Rhodes by submarine. They come ashore at night and have to traverse the mountains to reach their targets. At a pre-designated location, the party split and the two groups press on and succeed in their attack on the airfields. However, eight of the group are captured and only two, Lieutenant Graham and Sergeant Corcoran, make it back to the pick-up point where they are rescued by the submarine.
The film was partly shot on location in Cyprus.
The film was re-written by Lewis Milestone. When he handed in the film, producer Setton re-edited it. The film was poorly received critically.