The Frogmen

The Frogmen

Lloyd Bacon (1951)

96min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Warner Bros veteran director Lloyd Bacon fetched up after the war at 20th Century-Fox as a sort of hack-of-all-trades, turning in perfectly competent, if uninspired, movies of all types. He has the benefit here of the studio's starry roster of male actors (everyone except Gregory Peck and Tyrone Power) in a realistic and tense suspense drama about Pacific underwater demolition teams during the Second World War. Richard Widmark plays the tough commander whose men resent him - naturally, though, led by Dana Andrews, they eventually come to understand his uncompromising methods. It's interesting to watch Fox's next wave of leading men - Jeffrey Hunter and Robert Wagner - stealing scenes from the veterans, and some excellent special effects work, though colour photography might have helped.

Summary

Underwater demolition experts embark on a mission to find a safe landing site for the US military to launch an invasion on a South Pacific island occupied by Japanese army and navy forces. But first the commander and his men must put aside their personal differences to ensure the mission is successful. Thriller, starring Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews and Gary Merrill.

Cast & Crew

Lieutenant Commander John Lawrence Richard Widmark
Flannigan Dana Andrews
Lieutenant Commander Pete Vincent Gary Merrill
Creighton Jeffrey Hunter
Hodges Warren Stevens
Lieutenant Franklin Robert Wagner
Carnarsie Harvey Lembeck
Lieutenant Doyle Robert Rockwell
Sleepy Henry Slate
Chief Ryan Robert Adler
Director Lloyd Bacon
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd

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