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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 »

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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Crabb disarms the Italian mine he took from a ship the previous evening, he is next to a Shackleton bomber. The film is set in 1941; the Shackleton did not take its first flight until 1949. 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 liottaukSee 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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