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The Cockleshell Heroes (16-Nov-1955)

Director: Jose Ferrer

Writers: Bryan Forbes; Richard Maibaum; George Kent

Music by: John Addison

Producer: Phil C. Samuel

Keywords: Action/Adventure, WWII

Royal Commandoes commence what seems to be a suicide mission upriver at Bordeaux in canoes ("cockleshells") to plant explosives on German warships. Romanticized depiction based on the real-life Operation Frankton, authorized 1942 by Lord Mountbatten. Good British war movie.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Beatrice Campbell
31-Jul-1922 10-May-1979 Last Holiday
Jose Ferrer
8-Jan-1909 26-Jan-1992 The Caine Mutiny
Percy Herbert
31-Jul-1920 6-Dec-1992 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Trevor Howard
29-Sep-1913 7-Jan-1988 Sons and Lovers
Christopher Lee
27-May-1922 7-Jun-2015 The Face of Fu Manchu
Anthony Newley
24-Sep-1931 14-Apr-1999 Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist
Karel Stepanek
29-Oct-1899 25-Dec-1980 Czech-English actor, played Germans
Sydney Tafler
31-Jul-1916 8-Nov-1979 The Lavender Hill Mob


Jose Ferrer   ...   Maj. Stringer
Trevor Howard   ...   Capt. Thompson
Dora Bryan   ...   Myrtie
Victor Maddern   ...   Sgt. Craig
Anthony Newley   ...   Marine Clarke
David Lodge   ...   Marine Ruddock
Peter Arne   ...   Marine Stevens
Percy Herbert   ...   Marine Lomas
Graham Stewart   ...   Marine Booth
John Fabian   ...   Marine Cooney
John Van Eyssen   ...   Marine Bradley
Robert Desmond   ...   Marine Todd
Walter Fitzgerald   ...   Gestapo Commandant
Beatrice Campbell   ...   Mrs. Ruddock
Karel Stepanek   ...   Assistant Gestapo Officer
Sydney Tafler   ...   Policeman
Jacques Brunius   ...   French Fisherman
Gladys Henson   ...   Barmaid
Andrea Malandrinos   ...   French Fisherman
Judith Furse   ...   W.V.S. Woman
Christopher Lee   ...   Submarine Commander
Patric Doonan   ...   A Sailor


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