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The Silent Enemy (1958)

Not Rated | | Action, Biography, History | 4 March 1958 (UK)
During WW2, Italian Navy divers use underwater chariots to mine the keels of British warships, forcing the British to send underwater demolition expert Lionel Crabbe and his team to counter these enemy actions.

Director:

William Fairchild

Writers:

Marshall Pugh (adapted from the book "Commander Crabb" by), William Fairchild (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Lieutenant Crabb, R.N.V.R.
Dawn Addams ... Third Officer Jill Masters, W.R.N.S.
Michael Craig ... Leading Seaman Knowles
John Clements John Clements ... The Admiral
Sidney James ... Chief Petty Officer Thorpe
Alec McCowen ... Able Seaman Morgan
Nigel Stock ... Able Seaman Fraser
Ian Whittaker Ian Whittaker ... Ordinary Seaman Thomas
Arnoldo Foà ... 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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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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Based on the TRUE exploits of Commander Crabb, heroic Frogman of World War II See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to the book 'Brassey's Guide to War Films' by Alun Evans, during this movie's theatrical season, there were " . . . strong (and never disproved) rumours at the time of its release that the film's real-life hero, Commander Lionel Crabb, had mysteriously died whilst diving to spy on a Soviet warship visiting Britain." See more »

Goofs

When the three chariots are making their way underwater there is appropriate engine noise but none of the propellers are rotating. 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 oigresSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

4 March 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Froschmann Crabb See more »

Filming Locations:

Gibraltar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Romulus Films, Remus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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