The Frogmen

  • U
  • Lloyd Bacon (1951)
  • US
  • 96 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Second World War action drama starring Richard Widmark and Dana Andrews. The uncompromising methods of frogman commander John Lawrence cause unrest among his men when he takes over an underwater demolition team.

Cast and crew


Lieutenant Commander John Lawrence
Richard Widmark
Dana Andrews
Lieutenant Commander Pete Vincent
Gary Merrill
Jeffrey Hunter
Warren Stevens
Lieutenant Franklin
Robert Wagner
Harvey Lembeck
Lieutenant Doyle
Robert Rockwell
Henry Slate
Chief Ryan
Robert Adler


Lloyd Bacon

Other Information

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

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