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The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Approved | | Action, War, Drama | 27 March 1956 (USA)
During WW2, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

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Cast

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Major Stringer (as Jose Ferrer in closing credits)
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Myrtie
Victor Maddern ...
Sgt. Craig
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Marine Clarke
David Lodge ...
Marine Ruddock
Peter Arne ...
Marine Stevens
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Marine Lomas
Graham Stewart ...
Marine Booth
John Fabian ...
Marine Cooney
John Van Eyssen ...
Marine Bradley
Robert Desmond ...
Marine Todd
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Gestapo Comdt.
Karel Stepanek ...
Assistant Gestapo Officer
Beatrice Campbell ...
Mrs. Ruddock
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A Royal Marine Reserve Major must work with a veteran Captain and a group of incorrigible recruits to attempt what is generally regarded as a suicide mission: the covert destruction of an entire German shipyard in occupied France. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Ten Brave Men Started Out on the Most Desperate Adventure of the War!

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Action | War | Drama

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Cockle Shell Heroes  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First feature of Jess Conrad. See more »

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After Sgt Craig hands over the mine to the men during training, he tells them that they have 12 minutes to loose it. The men run off leaving Craig behind but when they get to the beach Craig is there in a canoe waiting for them. See more »

Quotes

Marine Ruddock: [Marine Ruddock stumbles to the gate in his shorts, having run all the way back from the drop zone] I made it.
Sgt. Craig: You're not finished yet, Jesse Owens. Come on, double up! Pick 'em up! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Pick 'em up! Pick 'em up! PICK 'EM UP! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Pick 'em up! Pick 'em up...!
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Crazy Credits

Prologue 2: At a critical stage of the war, fast Merchant ships operating from Bordeaux were seriously endangering the British blockade. For political reasons saturation bombing was rejected: the Navy was unable to penetrate the defences without air cover. The Royal Marines were given the job. PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND-MARCH, 1942 See more »

Connections

Featured in Idol on Parade (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

March - "The COCKLESHELL HEROES"
by F. Vivian Dunn (as Lt. Col. F. Vivian Dunn, C.V.O., R.M.)
Principal Director of Music Royal Marines
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Enjoyable film true story history.
16 May 1999 | by (Worcester, England.) – See all my reviews

Excellent account of the ten "canoe commandoes" story, who faced fantastic hazards to complete their mission. But only two survivors returned. Good cast of players, specifically Trevor Howard and Anthony Newley, (pre "Stop the World" fame and before his big film break in "Idle On Parade"). Made by Broccoli who later churned out the impressive James Bond films. This is one for the Sunday afternoon thrill!


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