Silver Fleet, The (The Archers 1942, Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers)

The Silver Fleet

Produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Silver Fleet is one of the better British wartime propaganda movies. Ralph Richardson is a collaborator with the Nazis in the Netherlands who works in a shipyard helping the Germans build two prototype submarines. His friends and family despise him for his behaviour.

However, when he is walking down the street, he hears children reciting a nursery rhyme that brings home to him his real responsibilities to his country and his family. He continues in his work with the Nazis, but secretly concocts a plan of his own to destroy one of the submarines along with the Nazi overlords while giving the other prototype to the resistance fighters who will take it to Britain.

Cast: Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers, Esmond Knight, Beresford Egan, Frederick Burtwell, Bill Akkerman, Dorothy Gordon, Charles Victor, John Longden, Valentine Dyall, Philip Leaver, Ivor Barnard, Margaret Emden, Joss Ambler, Kathleen Byron, Gerik Schjelderup, Neville Mapp, John Carol, John Arnold, Lawrence O’Madden, Anthony Eustrel, Charles Minor

Director: Vernon Sewell, Gordon Wellesley
Writers: Gordon Wellesley, Vernon Sewell
Producer: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Composer: Allan Gray
Director of Photography: Erwin Hillier

Production Companies: The Archers
Release Date: 15 March 1943
Running Time: 88 minutes
Genres: Drama, Wartime
Country: United Kingdom

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