After a surreal lecture on telling allied parachutists from German ones, the platoon is ordered to pick up a stranded U-boot's crew. Wilson feels live hand-grenades are too dangerous for ...
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After a surreal lecture on telling allied parachutists from German ones, the platoon is ordered to pick up a stranded U-boot's crew. Wilson feels live hand-grenades are too dangerous for his hot-head mates and acts accordingly. As HQ's armed escort is late, the Kriegsmarine captain can first play mind-games by drafting a reckoning 'list', then take Hodges hostage.Written by
During the filming of the last scene, someone was busy mending a fence just down the road and could be heard from the location where the scene was being shot. In order to film when the person wasn't working, they had a runner running between the two locations telling the crew when they could film and when the man could continue working on the fence. See more »
Conditions on u-boats were notoriously dirty, and German submariners habitually grew beards at sea; furthermore, the Captain and his crew have spent two days marooned in a lifeboat. However, their uniforms are clean and tidy and they are neatly shaven. See more »
[the platoon is holding a U-boat crew as prisoners. Pike is covering them from the top of a ladder, holding a tommy gun. Mainwaring addresses them]
Now pay attention.
[the Germans snap smartly to attention]
Oh I say, they're awfully well-disciplined, aren't they, sir?
Nothing of the sort. It's slavish, blind obedience. Not like the cheerful discipline of our own jolly jack tars. I tell you Wilson, they're a nation of automatons, led a lunatic who looks like Charlie Chaplin.
How dare you compare ...
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