They Who Dare

For the BBC television series, see They Who Dare (TV series).
They Who Dare

DVD cover
Directed by Lewis Milestone
Produced by Aubrey Baring and Maxwell Setton
Written by Robert Westerby (screenplay)
Starring Dirk Bogarde
Denholm Elliott
Akim Tamiroff
Music by Robert Gill
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Edited by Vladimir Sagovsky
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation
Release dates
2 February 1954
Running time
107 mins.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £132,074 (UK)[1]

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.[2] The title of the film is a reference to the motto of the Special Air Service: "Who Dares Wins".

Plot synopsis

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.

Cast in credits order


  1. Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p501
  2. "Obituaries: Commander Michael St John". The Telegraph. 22 Mar 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
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