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The Silient Enemy

Willowdale Captain
   gallery picture
In the Mediterranean in 1941 the Italians start using underwater chariots to mine the undersides of allied ships. Explosives expert Lionel Crabbe arrives in Gibralter to organise defences, 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.

  • Actor Character
  • Dawn Addams Third Officer Jill Masters, W.R.N.S.
  • Michael Brill Naval Interrogation Officer
  • Gianna Maria Canale Conchita
  • John Clements The Admiral
  • Michael Craig Leading Seaman Knowles
  • Arnoldo FoĆ  Tomolino (as Arnoldo Foa)
  • Carlo Giustini Fellini (as Carlo Justini)
  • Laurence Harvey Lieutenant Crabb, R.N.V.R.
  • Sid James Chief Petty Officer Thorpe (as Sidney James)
  • John Lee Flag Lieutenant
  • David Lodge Sergeant
  • Terence Longdon Lieutenant Bailey
  • Ian MacNaughton Sentry outside Admiral's Office
  • Howard Marion-Crawford Wing Commander (as Howard Marion Crawford)
  • Alec McCowen Able Seaman Morgan
  • John Moffatt Diving Volunteer
  • Lee Montague Miguel's Mate
  • Brian Oulton Holford
  • Giacomo Rossi-Stuart Rosati
  • Massimo Serato Forzellini
  • Cyril Shaps Miguel
  • Harold Siddons Army Interrogation Officer
  • Ewen Solon Willowdale Captain
  • Nigel Stock Able Seaman Fraser
  • Alan Webb British Consul
  • Ian Whittaker Ordinary Seaman Thomas
  • Raymond Young Celloni
  • Laurence Brooks
  • Desmond Jordan
  • Murray Kash Tattooed Sailor
  • Sidney King Cruiser Captain
  • Jack May
  • Hugh Moxey
  • Derren Nesbitt
  • Yvonne Romain Spanish Girl

Directed by
William Fairchild
Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
William Fairchild screenplay
Marshall Pugh book: Commander Crabb
Produced by
Raymond Anzarut associate producer
Bertram Ostrer producer
James Woolf executive producer (uncredited)
John Woolf executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Alwyn
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston
Art Direction by
William C. Andrews (as Bill Andrews)
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Sterne production manager
Second Unit or Assistant Director
Jack Causey assistant director
Sound Department
John Cox sound supervisor
Chris Greenham sound editor
Bob Jones sound recordist
Bill Salter sound recordist
Special Effects by
Wally Veevers special effects
Other crew
Lionel Crabb dedicatee (as Commander Lionel Crabb, G.M., R.N.V.R.)
Alan Hume camera operator
Angela Martelli continuity
Muir Mathieson conductor: Sinfonia of London
James Woolf presenter
John Woolf presenter
Egil S. Woxholt underwater camera operator (as Egil Woxholt)