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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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Emeric Pressburger wrote the original story but was unhappy with the way it was handled, especially the way the brutality of the Nazis was diminished, so he didn't allow his name to be used as a writer. He was happy to leave his name on the film as a producer. 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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Terrific little known WWII film
5 February 2009 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Silver Fleet made in 1943 is a great view.

Set in Holland in a small shipbuilding town now controlled by the Nazis it is a tale of double intrigue and heroism that is surprisingly watchable. The tale of the shipyard owner (Ralph Richardson) who is friendly to the Nazis by day and a hero of another mettle by night is nicely done. What makes this work is the human aspects are not swept to one side but are tackled too.

Ralph Richardson may never had the matinée idol looks of an Oliver but he makes a very good and quite unassuming impact here, there is both suspense, adventure, and wry humour - this film is memorable and the courage is more than propaganda. Richardson always did sneak up on you and here he does so well.

All in heartily recommended.


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