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Actor, Eric Portman, was born Eric Harold Portman on Jul 13, 1901 in Halifax, England. Portman died at the age of 68 on Dec 7, 1969 in St Veep, England .

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Thomas Colpeper, JP: [hidden in the tall grass] Glorious, isn't it?
Alison Smith: [startled] Is anybody there?
Thomas Colpeper, JP: [standing] It's a real voice you heard. You're not dreaming.
Alison Smith: You know, just now I - I heard sounds.
Thomas Colpeper, JP: What sounds did you hear?
Alison Smith: Horses' hooves, voices, and a lute. Or an instrument like a lute. Did you hear anything?
Thomas Colpeper, JP: Those sounds come from inside, not outside. Then only when you're concentrating, when you believe strongly in something. Just now I was concentrating on who was coming up the hill to disturb me.
Alison Smith: Disturb you? At what?
Thomas Colpeper, JP: Breathing the air, smelling the earth, watching the clouds. Why don't you sit down?


Colonel Richmond: [discussing the death of Mac] We had a talk. I did the talking mostly. I was very unpleasant to him. I told him straight that he was too big. I told him every sentry in the camp was gunning for him - that he hadn't a hope of getting past the guards, and he agreed. I recommended him to think of standing down. There the discussion ended.
Pat Reid: And his life as well!
Colonel Richmond: The fact that he's dead hasn't escaped me, Pat!
Pat Reid: [resentfully] That sentry didn't kill him!
Colonel Richmond: [angrily] Watch your tongue or get out!
Pat Reid: We knew he was too big, but it was his idea. We were prepared to take the risk!
Colonel Richmond: I wasn't though, you muddle-headed idiot! Why can't you understand I'm not an individual like you, free to act according to my own desires! I'm senior British officer! I wish I wasn't, but I am. As such, my unfortunate responsibility is to see that British officers in here don't act like fools and lose their lives by doing it. By taking Mac with you, you might have lost half a dozen lives, not one!


Captain Finlander: He didn't surface during the night, he couldn't, we must've been directly over him. So he's out of breathing air. Staying down, he couldn't charge his batteries, so he can't run. And there he is. So you see, Commodore, we've accomplished the most important step. We've made him desperate.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine: He's certainly desperate. That is the danger. You are dealing with a desperate force.
Captain Finlander: And we're a determined force.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine: YOU are in the power here, Eric. It is not a force, it is just you.
Captain Finlander: Uh, you mean you're trying to say that, uh, you consider ME desperate.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine: No, Captain. To be frank, I consider you frightening.


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Eric Portman Facts
The Portman and Pickles Public House in Halifax, West Yorkshire is named after Portman and another great talent from the town, Wilfred Pickles.

Worked for a time as shop assistant in Leeds and in his spare time was a member of the Halifax Opera Society.

Joined the Old Vic Company in 1927.

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