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The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) was a Action - War Film directed by Jos? Ferrer and produced by Irving Allen, Albert R. Broccoli and Phil C. Samuel.

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Captain Thompson: Corporal Stevens.
[Stevens steps forward and salutes, and Thompson returns the salute]
Captain Thompson: Do you usually let your men slouch about in that fashion?
Marine Stevens: No, sir. We've just finished an exercise, and...
Captain Thompson: I'm not interested in what you've finished.


Marine Ruddock: [Marine Ruddock stumbles to the gate in his shorts, having run all the way back from the drop zone] I made it.
Sgt. Craig: You're not finished yet, Jesse Owens. Come on, double up! Pick 'em up! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Pick 'em up! Pick 'em up! PICK 'EM UP! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Hup! Two! Three! Four! Pick 'em up! Pick 'em up...!


Captain Thompson: I've never seen such an appalling exhibition in my life.


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Trevor Munn in his Trevor Howard biography, 'Trevor Howard: The Man and His Films', states: "What Trevor didn't say was that José Ferrer directed and José Ferrer starred and in the process didn't make himself too popular with Irving Allen. At the time Allen said, 'When Ferrer finished the film, we found that he had made a tour de force for José Ferrer. He seems to have forgotten about the rest of the cast. I've been doing close-ups of Trevor Howard that Joe forgot to do.'"
Only two of the canoe commando marine characters survive this movie's military mission. They are Major Stringer (José Ferrer) and Marine Clarke (Anthony Newley). This is in keeping with the same number of survivors in the actual Second World War Operation Frankton that this movie is based on. The rest of the marines were either captured, interrogated and executed or drowned. The two real life survivors were Ex-Corporal Bill Sparks (W.E. Sparks and Major H. G. Blondie Hasler aka R.M. {Retd} Colonel H.G. Hasler D.S.O., O.B.E (H.G. Hasler) and they both acted as technical consultants and advisers to this movie.
Scenes at the marine training boot camp were filmed at the Eastney Barracks, Southsea, Hampshire, England. This facility is now the British Royal Marines Museum.
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