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The Frogmen (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 1951 (UK)
The new commander of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team--nicknamed "Frogmen"--must earn the respect of the men in his unit, who are still grieving over the death of their former commander and resentful of the new one.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

John Tucker Battle (screenplay), Oscar Millard (story)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence
Dana Andrews ... Jake Flannigan
Gary Merrill ... Lt. Cmdr. Pete Vincent
Jeffrey Hunter ... Pappy Creighton
Warren Stevens ... Hodges
Robert Wagner ... Lt. (jg) Franklin
Harvey Lembeck ... Marvin W. 'Canarsie' Mikowsky
Robert Rockwell ... Lt. Bill Doyle
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Sleepy
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Storyline

World War II drama in which Richard Widmark, as Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence, replaces the popular commanding officer of a group of underwater demolition divers. a crew of fiercely independent studs who hang their proverbial hats in Davy Jones' locker. The martinet Lawrence tightens the discipline of the unit, making him mucho unpopular with the macho frogmen. Finally, Lawrence proves himself as more than just a stuffed white shirt, showing he has the cojones to keep up with their peculiar brand of the jones, becoming one of the team by fearlessly defusing a live torpedo at the risk of his own life. Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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Taglines:

UNCLE SAM'S UNDERWATER COMMANDOS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Froschmänner See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: This is a true story based on incidents which occurred in the latter part of World War II. It deals with one of the most hazardous and unique branches of the Armed Forces---- the Underwater Demolition Teams. See more »

Goofs

In most above water close-up shots, the men wear their face mask on their forehead. This is photogenic, but a good way to lose a mask. To keep the mask from falling off, it should be pulled down below the chin. This is most notable in the speed boat drop-off and pick-up scenes. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Pete Vincent: Looks like you've got what amounts to a legal mutiny on your hands.
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Connections

Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Deep Water (1957) See more »

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A Dangerous Business
12 November 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Frogmen is a film based on the exploits of the U.S. Navy's Underwater Demolition Teams during World War II. The primary task of these guys was to go in ahead of any island landing and clear away any obstacles put up by the enemy in the water. That meant going in ahead of the Marines as the Frogmen point out. Today that function is now that of the Navy Seals.

The plot is similar to Flying Leathernecks. Richard Widmark is the new commanding officer of the team assigned to Gary Merrill's ship and he's taking the place of a popular commander who was recently killed. He meets with a lot of resentment from the men, some of that resentment fueled by Dana Andrews who is the CPO of the team and very popular also with the crew. How Widmark and Andrews deal with their personal issues as well as get the job done is the basis of the film.

Nice underwater photography highlights the dangerous mission of these men. Both Widmark and Andrews despite their differences do get their assignments accomplished, not always in the most expeditious manner. These guys and their team are professionals in the real and the cinematic sense.

War films usually aren't chick flicks, but I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of female fans saw this one for a glimpse of some 20th Century Fox's top young talent topless like Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter.

Good an excuse as any to see a well made war film.


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