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The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

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

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

Bryan Forbes (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Major Geoffrey Stringer
Trevor Howard ... Captain Hugh Thompson
Dora Bryan ... Myrtle
Christopher Lee ... Commander Dick Raikes - Submarine Commander
Victor Maddern ... Marine Sgt. Craig
Anthony Newley ... Marine Clarke
David Lodge ... Marine Ruddock
Peter Arne ... Marine Corporal Stevens
Percy Herbert ... Marine Lomas
Graham Stewart Graham Stewart ... Marine Booth
John Fabian John Fabian ... Marine Cooney
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Marine Bradley
Robert Desmond Robert Desmond ... Marine Todd
Walter Fitzgerald ... Gestapo Commandant
Karel Stepanek ... Assistant Gestapo Officer
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Storyline

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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They Called Them "Canoe Commandos" See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Christopher Lee portrays the historical character Lieutenant Commander Richard "Dick" Prendergast Raikes, who was the commanding officer of the submarine HMS Tuna that launched the canoes during Operation Frankton in 1942. However, when introducing himself to Major Stringer (José Ferrer), he gives his name as "Graves" and is later addressed as "Allan" when he and Stringer are on first name basis. In the credits, he is simply listed as "submarine commander". See more »

Goofs

As Cooley and Todd are getting into their canoe, the Germans appear. Cooley tells Todd to prime his "Little Nell" so they can make a run for it. Todd is already in the canoe and Cooley is half in. After cutting to the Germans, the camera quickly returns to Cooley and Todd who are now standing beside their canoe. See more »

Quotes

Captain Thompson: I've never seen such an appalling exhibition in my life.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue 1: The Marines were formed 28th. October, 1664. On 29th. April, 1802, His Majesty, King George III, directed that they should be styled THE ROYAL MARINES See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 31 March 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The COCKLESHELL HEROES: March
Written by F. Vivian Dunn (as Lt. Col. F. Vivian Dunn, C.V.O., R.M.)
Principal Director of Music, Royal Marines
Performed by The Band of the Royal Marines (uncredited)
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Little known Part of WWII History
23 January 2001 | by don.carrickSee all my reviews

This is an excellent movie that depicts a little known part of WWII history and well acted with a good story line. Jose Ferrar did an excellent job of acting and directing this movie and I am trying to locate a VHS (North American) Copy to add to my library.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

27 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cockle Shell Heroes See more »

Filming Locations:

Portugal See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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