Directed by William Fairchild, The Silent Enemy is a newly restored 1958 war film based on the real Lionel 'Buster' Crabb who vanished during a reconnaissance mission for the MI6, played by Laurence Harvey. In 1941, Britain was sustaining enormous losses fighting a war on three fronts against an ever increasing Axis power. To add to their problems, the Italians have recently created a new form of warfare - Frogmen - an intrepid band of men who travel astride small torpedo-type vessels, and attach explosive charges to the hulls of enemy ships, below their waterline. A young Naval Lieutenant, 'Buster' Crabb, an expert in mine and bomb disposal, is sent to Gibraltar to try and combat this new threat. Never having dived before, he sets to work to master the technique of underwater operations, and soon he and his team are able to locate many of the frogmen's charges and render them harmless. But with an invasion of North Africa imminent, time is not on the Allies' side.

The Silent Enemy

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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
11/04/2022
Studio
StudioCanal
format
DVD / Restored
Duration
107
Certificate UK
PG

Directed by William Fairchild, The Silent Enemy is a newly restored 1958 war film based on the real Lionel 'Buster' Crabb who vanished during a reconnaissance mission for the MI6, played by Laurence Harvey. In 1941, Britain was sustaining enormous losses fighting a war on three fronts against an ever increasing Axis power. To add to their problems, the Italians have recently created a new form of warfare - Frogmen - an intrepid band of men who travel astride small torpedo-type vessels, and attach explosive charges to the hulls of enemy ships, below their waterline. A young Naval Lieutenant, 'Buster' Crabb, an expert in mine and bomb disposal, is sent to Gibraltar to try and combat this new threat. Never having dived before, he sets to work to master the technique of underwater operations, and soon he and his team are able to locate many of the frogmen's charges and render them harmless. But with an invasion of North Africa imminent, time is not on the Allies' side.

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Director: William Fairchild
Producer: Bertram Ostrer
Writer: William Fairchild
Music: William Alwyn
Cinematographer: Otto Heller
Actor: Laurence Harvey
Actor: John Clements
Actor: Michael Craig
Actor: Dawn Addams
Actor: Sid James
Actor: Alec McCowen
Actor: Nigel Stock
Actor: David Lodge
Actor: Ewen Solon
Actor: Brian Oulton
Actor: John H. Lee
Actor: Derren Nesbitt
Actor: Cyril Shaps
Actor: Yvonne Romain

Main Format
DVD
Keyword Index
The Silent Enemy|Laurence Harvey
Colour
B/W
Region
Region 2
Extras 1
High Definition extras tbc
Extras 2
Language(s):English, HardofHearingSubtitles:English, InteractiveMenu
Extras 3
Documentaries:'CommanderCrabbMystery'(1956), ImageGallery, Interviews:TimBinding(author)
Catalogue Number
OPTD4467

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