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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Third Officer Jill Masters, W.R.N.S.
Michael Craig ...
Leading Seaman Sid 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 ...
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Tomolino (as Arnoldo Foa)
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Conchita
Massimo Serato ...
Forzellini
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ...
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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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 »

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Crabb is shown wearing a Rolex Submariner throughout the movie. The Rolex Submariner model was not released until 1953. Crabb was in fact a Rolex owner but not that model at that time. See more »

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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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Tribute to Lieut. Lionel Crabbe
26 June 2000 | by (Burlington, Ontario) – See all my reviews

They don't make them like this anymore. Rousing drama action based on the real life exploits of British Navy Lieutenant Lionel Crabbe and his contributions to underwater demolition work during World War II and later on in salvaging operations.

World War II history buffs will appreciate the military technology depicted in this film and the impact it caused to Allied as well as Axis shipping.

Exciting underwater action combined with a decent cast and good dialogue contribute to the suspense.


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