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The Silent Enemy (1958)

In the Mediterranean in 1941 the Italians start using underwater chariots to mine the undersides of allied ships. Explosives expert Lionel Crabbe arrives in Gibraltar to organise defenses, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Third Officer Jill Masters, W.R.N.S.
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Leading Seaman Knowles
John Clements ...
The Admiral
Sidney James ...
Chief Petty Officer Thorpe
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Able Seaman Morgan
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Able Seaman Fraser
Ian Whittaker ...
Ordinary Seaman Thomas
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Tomolino (as Arnoldo Foa)
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Conchita
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Forzellini
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Rosati (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Carlo Giustini ...
Fellini (as Carlo Justini)
Raymond Young ...
Celloni
David Lodge ...
Sergeant
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In the Mediterranean in 1941 the Italians start using underwater chariots to mine the undersides of allied ships. Explosives expert Lionel Crabbe arrives in Gibraltar to organise defenses, but finds only two British divers available to help him. Even more worrying, it seems likely that the Italians are secretly using neutral Spain across the bay as their key base. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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4 March 1958 (UK)  »

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Froschmann Crabb  »

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According to the book "A Biography Of Sid James", James was offered the role of Chief Petty Officer Thorpe on the recommendation of his friend Laurence Harvey, but their friendship ended during the filming. He found Harvey to be "pompous and full of his own importance". It's said that the two never spoke to each other again after filming had ended. See more »

Goofs

When Crabbe and his divers are diving on the aircraft wreck to search for the briefcase, they come upon an aircraft engine that is supposed to be from the wreck.. the engine has no carburetor and a couple of the valve covers are missing. Obviously, this was not a running engine. See more »

Quotes

Ordinary Seaman Thomas: We really have got the job haven't we? You won't change your mind?
Lieutenant Crabb, R.N.V.R.: Not unless you change yours.
Ordinary Seaman Thomas: Oh no, sir, but there is one small point I think I should mention...
Lieutenant Crabb, R.N.V.R.: What's that?
Ordinary Seaman Thomas: I can't swim!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: ALEXANDRIA

DECEMBER 19th. 1941. See more »

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Outstanding film
12 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film many years ago and was impressed even then with the realism and gritty nature it had given its age and the comparable output of the era.

British film fans will relish in an early role of Sid James proving he can act and plays the grizzled character very well indeed. Laurence Harvey excels as the leading character and the rest of the cast works extremely well indeed. There is very little jingoism in the film and its all the better for it and well worth a watch whenever its shown on TV.

Damn good to watch and based on real events of the time and exploits of the brave men of all sides who fought in the war.


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