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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 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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

The aircraft under which the first mine was defused was an Avro Shackleton. It didn't enter service until the fifties. 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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Excellent British wartime thriller
29 October 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE SILENT ENEMY is a fine WW2 movie of the kind the British used to make so well. This one boasts an interesting, fact-based story about a little known theatre of war and an exceptional ensemble cast who really bring life to the various roles. Laurence Harvey plays an enthusiastic young officer who is shipped off to Gibraltar to help combat the threat of Italian frogmen who have been mining and destroying Allied shipping trying to access the Med.

Harvey, who sports stubble and blond hair in this film, is playing the real-life wartime diver 'Buster' Crabb, the man who died in mysterious circumstances shortly before this film was made. Harvey usually plays insufferable characters but he's very good here, strong-willed and perfectly heroic. I'm not usually a fan of underwater-themed movies as I found they're usually let down by lacklustre underwater photography, but this film's different; the action scenes are highly suspenseful and complimented by strong special effects work.

I liked the way that THE SILENT ENEMY is a film that focuses on technology and the apparatus of war while being readily accessible to the layman viewer at the same time. The supporting cast includes a great role for Sid James who brings some of his dry humour to a serious production and the likes of Michael Craig, Dawn Addams, Nigel Stock, and David Lodge. I was also pleased to see a bunch of youthful and famous Italian actors playing their countrymen: Gianna Maria Canale, Massimo Serato, and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart are all present here before they became big faces in Italian genre cinema of the 1960s.


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