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Click to EnlargeThe Silent Enemy
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Screenplay by
DONALD JAMES
 
Directed by
ROBERT ASHER
 
 
The Champions go to sea on a macabre trip to reconstruct the voyage of a nuclear submarine which has been found with its entire crew dead.
 
 
The U.S. nuclear submarine Kepple, which has been on a round-the-world voyage, is found drifting off the Irish coast with her entire crew dead. The cause of death is a mystery.
 
What strange tragedy has hit the vessel? The three Nemesis agents Craig (STUART DAMON), Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) and Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT) are selected to go aboard when the Navy decides to reconstruct the Kepple’s voyage.
 
They are able to estimate the approximate area where the deaths probably took place, but there is plenty of drama before they reach this area, part of which is caused by the discovery of a newspaper reporter, Stantin (JAMES MAXWELL), who has smuggled himself aboard in the guise of a sailor.
 
Damaged through striking an uncharted underwater-reef, and, with the radio out of order, the submarine surfaces close to a strange island. Craig and Richard go ashore with two seamen. The island is apparently devoid of life, but there is a thin green mist in the air. The two seamen drop dead; Craig and Richard slump unconscious to the ground and then find themselves prisoners of a dedicated but ruthless scientist named Minoes (MARNE MAITLAND) who, working underground, is experimenting with a new type of poison gas which leaves no trace.
 
It now becomes clear that the Kepple’s crew became victims of the gas when the submarine came across the island; but Craig and Richard are beginning to wonder if they will ever be able to make their report. Minoes, worried because they have been able to survive, prepares to pump more gas into the sealed chambers in which they are captive. Richard is to be gassed first, but he manages to break out of his cell via an air conditioning shaft. When Minoes enters, he himself is gassed as he and the reporter Stanton, who has followed the Champions to the island, fight for possession of the one gas mask available.
 
Craig, too, has succeeded in escaping. But as he and Richard are about to leave, they find themselves in a bitter fight with Stanton. The outcome is that even the super-human qualities of the Champions are in danger of being unable to resist the lethal gas...
 
 
AN
ITC
PRODUCTION
 
Series created by
Monty Berman
and Dennis Spooner
 
© Copyright Incorporated Television Co. Ltd. MCMLXVII
 
 
Stuart Damon
 
Alexandra Bastedo
 
William Gaunt
 
Anthony Nicholls
 
Paul Maxwell
 
 
Craig Stirling
 
Sharron Macready
 
Richard Barrett
 
Tremayne
 
Captain Baxter
 
 
Warren Stanhope
 
James Maxwell
 
Marne Maitland
 
Esmond Knight
 
David Blake Kelly
 
Rio Fanning
 
 
Admiral Parker
 
Stanton
 
Minoes
 
The Minister
 
| Lighthouse Keepers
 
 
Associate Producer
 
Director of photography
 
Art director
 
Editor
 
 
Johnny Goodman
 
Frank Watts
 
Charles Bishop
 
Peter Pitt
 
 
Musical director
 
Theme composed by
 
Post-production supervisor
 
Production manager
 
Casting
 
 
Edwin Astley
 
Tony Hatch
 
Philip Aizlewood
 
Malcolm Chistopher
 
Judith Jourd
 
 
Sound editor
 
Sound recordists
 
 
Music editor
 
Associate art director
 
Set dresser
 
Construction manager
 
 
Alan Corder
 
Len Abbott,
Dave Bowen
 
Deveril Goodman
 
John Graysmark
 
Brian Rider
 
Bill Greene
 
 
Second unit director
 
Second unit cameraman
 
Camera operator
 
Assistant director
 
Continuity
 
Special effects
 
 
John Hough
 
James Allen
 
John Winbolt
 
Ken Baker
 
Valery Norman
 
Sid Pearson
 
 
Scenic artist
 
Production buyer
 
Make-up supervisor
 
Hairdressing
 
Wardrobe supervisor
 
Supervising electrician
 
 
A.J. Van Montagu
 
Sid Palmer
 
Gerry Fletcher
 
Michael Jones
 
Laura Nightingale
 
Ted Hallows
 
 
The Champions
 
Made on location and at
ASSOCIATED BRITISH ELSTREE STUDIOS
ENGLAND.
 
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