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The Silent Enemy (1958)

Not Rated | | Action, Biography, History | 4 March 1958 (UK)
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:
... Lieutenant Crabb, R.N.V.R.
... Third Officer Jill Masters, W.R.N.S.
... Leading Seaman Knowles
John Clements ... The Admiral
... Chief Petty Officer Thorpe
... Able Seaman Morgan
... Able Seaman Fraser
Ian Whittaker ... Ordinary Seaman Thomas
... Tomolino (as Arnoldo Foa)
... Conchita
... Forzellini
... Rosati (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Carlo Giustini ... Fellini (as Carlo Justini)
... Celloni
... 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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This film represents an attack on the vessel the "Olterra" but in real-life events there was no such attack. See more »

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During the first night of operations five merchant ships are blown up and a tanker set ablaze. The following morning Crabb and Thorpe talk of three ships sunk and the rest saved. 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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Tribute to Lieut. Lionel Crabbe
26 June 2000 | by 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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