1. Cockleshell Heroes (Columbia, 1956)

    Jose Ferrer both starred in, (as Major Stringer, the officer in charge of a delicate naval operation) and directed this British WW2 drama.

    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. +

     
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