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Cockleshell Heroes (1955)





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Jose Ferrer was both star and director of the British WW2 drama Cockleshell Heroes. Ferrer is cast as Major Stringer, the officer in charge of a delicate naval operation. Stringer and seven volunteers are expected to paddle four canoes into Nazi-held waters, plant limpet mines on enemy boats, and return safely to their own lines. Of the eight courageous saboteurs, only two survive. The story is abundant with suspense, humor and irony, buoyed by a top-rank supporting cast, including Trevor Howard, Victor Maddern and Anthony Newley (Christopher Lee shows up briefly as a German sub commander). Howard delivers the best performance as a subtly resentful officer who was passed up for promotion in order to work with Major Stringer. Cockleshell Heroes was released in the US by Columbia Pictures.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Trevor Howard
as Captain Thompson
Anthony Newley
as Marine Clarke
Victor Maddern
as Sgt. Craig
José Ferrer
as Major Stringer
David Lodge
as Ruddock
Peter Arne
as Stevens
John Fabian
as Cooney
William Fitzgerald
as Gestapo Commandant
Karel Stepanek
as Gestapo Officer
Dora Bryan
as Myrtle
Beatrice Campbell
as Mrs. Ruddock
Sydney Tafler
as Policeman
Gladys Henson
as Barmaid
Jacques B. Brunius
as French Fisherman
Andreas Malandrinos
as French Fisherman
Christopher Lee
as Submarine Commander
Judith Furse
as W.V.S. Woman
as Wren Singer in Pub (uncredited)
Andrea Malandrinos
as French Fisherman
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Critic Reviews for Cockleshell Heroes

All Critics (1)

It's so predictable one might easily tune out well before the action begins.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Cockleshell Heroes

Rousing British WWII film celebrating the Royal Marines and their commando attack by canoe on ships in Bordeaux in 1942. Somewhat accurate, except it makes the raid seem significant and successful. But what the heck; Brits love these sorts of war stories featuring daring, plucky men executing clever, quirky, plans. Mysteriously directed by and starring Jose Ferrer, and also includes Christopher Lee's 34th performance (out of his 274 so far).

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

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