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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

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
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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)
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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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Trivia

This film represents an attack on the vessel the "Olterra" but in real-life events there was no such attack. See more »

Goofs

A plane crashes into the sea apparently just offshore from the team's base, but when Crabb goes out to search for the wreckage he takes his boat nearly half way to North Africa. 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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My Favourite Laurence Harvey film
17 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Laurence Harvey in, I think his best role, playing Lionel Kenneth "Buster" Crabb OBE GM. I love this film, based on a true story and a real life hero. Crabb was awarded the George Medal for his work in Gibraltar to disarm mines from British warships based there.

There is a great mix of fact and some humour thrown in with the appearance of Sid James as a Chief Petty Officer charged with getting the new frogmen fit for the long and dangerous work they had to undertake. A classic British Black and white war film in every sense.

Its also a film close to my heart as my late father actually dived with Lt Cdr. Crabb on HMS Reclaim just before he went missing undertaking secret dives underneath the soviet cruiser Ordzhonikidze in Portsmouth Harbour.

Overall a great must watch film for B&W war film fans.


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