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The Frogmen (1951)

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In this World War II drama, Richard Widmark plays Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence, a strict navy commander assigned to replace the popular senior officer of a group of underwater demolition divers -- better known as frogmen. Lawrence tightens the discipline of this brave but fiercely independent group of underwater warriors, winning few friends in the process. The unpopular officer proves his worth in front of his men by neutralizing a live torpedo at the risk of his own life. The principal attraction of The Frogmen is its underwater photography, which would have been twice as effective in black-and-white. An intelligent, low-key wartime adventure, The Frogmen is weakened only by the excessive "Brooklynese" comedy of Harvey Lembeck. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Richard Widmark
as Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence
Dana Andrews
as Jake Flannigan
Gary Merrill
as Lt. Cmdr. Pete Vincent
Jeffrey Hunter
as Pappy Creighton
Robert Wagner
as Lt. j.g. Franklin
Harvey Lembeck
as Marvin W. `Canarsie' Mikowsky
Robert Rockwell
as Lt. Bill Doyle
Robert Adler
as Chief Ryan
Robert Patten
as Lt. Klinger
Harry Flowers
as Kinselia
Fay Roope
as Adm. Dakers
William M. Neil
as Cmdr. Miles
James Gregory
as Chief Petty Officer Lane
Russell Hardie
as Capt. Radford
Parley Baer
as Dr. Ullman
Peter Leeds
as Pharmacist's Mate
Richard Allan
as Crew Member
Frank Donahue
as Crew Member
Jack Warden
as Crew Member
Anthony Norman McKay
as Capt. Phillips
Sydney Smith
as Gen. Coleson
Ray Hyke
as Repairman
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Unusual subject matter for a war film looking at the men who were in a way an early version of a navy seal. Starts strongly bogs down a little in the middle but generally keeps your interest. Richard Widmark is a most underrated actor being able to portray flawed but good men as well as being a superior villian when called for.

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