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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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Major Stringer: All right, Thompson, let's clear the air a little. Ever since I came here, you've been giving me a hard time. Now just what the hell has been eating you?
Captain Thompson: It's just that I'm a professional Marine. I don't like temporary officers. I don't like volunteers for hazardous service. I don't like musical-comedy operations designed to win the Victoria Cross for somebody. I suppose I just don't like your ears.


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.


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


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The Cockleshell of the title refers to the small two-man Cockle MK II folding kayak canoes that were used in the mission attack on the Nazi shipping at Bordeaux.
The depth-charge bombing German anti-submarine ship in this movie was played by two ships from the Royal Navy, the HMS Leeds Castle and the HMS Flint Castle.
Of all of Victor Maddern film roles this was his favorite role.
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Also released in 1955




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