The Silent Enemy

The Silent Enemy

William Fairchild (1958)

U Certificate


Our Score
This distinguished British war film details the exploits of celebrated Royal Navy frogman Lieutenant Lionel "Buster" Crabb (no, not the movie star). He's played here by Laurence Harvey, whose explosive temperament is a perfect match for Crabb's volatile character. The underwater shooting (by Egil Woxholt) is well done and the plot has more excitement than many fictional tales. Reliable Michael Craig plays Crabb's partner, while stern John Clements represents the Admiralty. The saga is shot through with a rich vein of humour, a credit to the creative talent of writer/director William Fairchild. Lovely Dawn Addams is the female lead, but in British films of this period the ladies didn't get much of a look in.


A British frogman undertakes a daring mission to sabotage the Italian fleet. His cunning scheme involves hijacking an enemy midget submarine and loading it with explosives, before sending it back to its original location. Second World War adventure, starring Laurence Harvey, John Clements, Dawn Addams, Michael Craig and Sid James.

Cast & Crew

Lieutenant Lionel Crabb Laurence Harvey
Third Officer Jill Masters Dawn Addams
Leading Seaman Knowles Michael Craig
The Admiral John Clements
Chief Petty Officer Thorpe Sidney James
Able Seaman Morgan Alec McCowen
Able Seaman Fraser Nigel Stock
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Ian Whittaker
Tomolino Arnold Foa
Conchita Gianna Maria Canale
Director William Fairchild
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Independent Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD