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The Silver Fleet (1943)

 -  Drama | War  -  1 July 1945 (USA)
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Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a child's rhyme reminds him... See full summary »

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Jaap van Leyden
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Helène van Leyden
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Von Schiffer
Beresford Egan ...
Krampf
Frederick Burtwell ...
Captain Müller
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Schoolmistress
Willem Akkerman ...
Willem van Leyden
Dorothy Gordon ...
Janni Peters
Charles Victor ...
Bastiaan Peters
John Longden ...
Jost Meertens
Joss Ambler ...
Cornelis Smit
Margaret Emden ...
Bertha
George Schelderup ...
Dirk
Neville Mapp ...
Joop
Ivor Barnard ...
Admiral
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Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a child's rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering his wife and fellow workers ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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1 July 1945 (USA)  »

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This film's opening prologue is a quotation from writer John Webster (1580?-1634) from his play The Duchess of Malfi, Act IV, Scene 2 [See: The Duchess of Malfi (1938) ; Stage 2: The Duchess of Malfi (1972); Rehearsal: The Killings of Cariola (1992) & Hotel (2001)]. It states: "I know death hath ten thousand several doors. For men to take their exits." See more »

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I know death hath ten thousand several doors for men to take their exits. See more »

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Piet Hein's Name Is Short
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Lyrics by Jan Pieter Heije
English Lyrics by Tommie Connor
Music by Johannes Viotta
Arranged by Allan Gray
Sung by the teacher and the students in the school
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Surprisingly very good
15 September 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I missed the first few minutes of this (and somehow entirely missed the entire of Kathleen Byron's part unfortunately!) but was able to pick up the main plot line - Ralph Richardson is a Dutchman in charge of a shipyard who plays up to the Nazis to win their trust, but garners himself a bad reputation in the anti-Nazi community, which bodes poorly for his small son who gets beat up at school, and his wife, Googie Withers (the only reason I recorded this film!) who can't buy groceries anymore because no one will serve her. It's ultimately a very sad story but equally engrossing and you'll never guess who Piet Helm is!


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