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The Frogmen Reviews

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½ March 19, 2014
another WWII tale post WWII
December 25, 2013
Stock plot benefits from fine technical detail--Dangerous When Wet!!
½ July 12, 2011
Just saw the bit at the end which was quite exciting.
May 25, 2010
you learn so much about the UDT. the observable details are great.
½ April 9, 2010
Billed as 'the untold story of Uncle Sam's underwater commandos,'
"Action in the North Atlantic" director Lloyd Bacon's "The Frogmen"
concerns the daring exploits of the U.S. Navy's Underwater Demolition
Team (U.D.T.) during the twilight of World War II. This thoroughly
routine secret mission fodder casts Richard Widmark as Lieutenant
Commander John Lawrence, the new kid commander on the block and depicts his efforts to win the respect of his fellow frogmen. If you've seen
another Twentieth Century Fox classic "Twelve O'Clock High," "The
Frogmen" is somewhat reminiscent of it as well as "The Flying
Leathernecks.: It seems that the guys revered their former commander,
Mr. Cassidy, who died in the line of duty and have a difficult time
accepting Lawrence as his replacement. Cassidy was a favorite about the
men, but Lawrence does nothing but antagonize them. At one point,
everybody on the UDT team requests a transfer out. For the record, "The
Frogmen" is a movie for guys because there are no women in cast and
virtually all the action happens at sea.

The action transpires for the most part aboard a navy ship as our
heroes are called upon to survey beachheads for future assaults and
later blow-up a Japanese submarine pen. Bacon and "So Dear to My Heart"
scenarist John Tucker Battle don't exactly have much to work with here
and there is only the barest reference to the time frame during which
these adventures occur. Presumably, since they mention Iwo Jima,
everything in "The Frogmen" takes place afterward as America considered
invading Japan. The ship's captain, Lieutenant Commander Pete Vincent
(Gary Merrill of "Twelve O'Clock High") offers the green skipper
advice, such as holding a funeral service after several men in his
command die when their boat receives a direct hit. Lawrence has to
contend with thick-skulled personnel , like Chief Jake Flannigan (Dana
Andrews of "The Ox-Bow Incident") and Pappy (Jeffrey Hunter of "The
Searchers") when they jeopardize their lives playing a prank to get
back at the Marines. Pappy has a $50 dollar bet that the Marines will
wade ashore and see a banner that Flannigan and he stake out on the
beach welcoming the jarheads. On the way back, Pappy catches a couple
of bullets near the spine and has to be laid up in traction. Of course,
the team will eventually accept Lawrence as one of their own but not
under this 96-minute, black & white epic is almost finished. One scene
that generates some suspense occurs when a Japanese torpedo penetrates the hull of Vincent's ship and Lawrence has to disarm it. Complicating matters considerably is the presence of the torpedo in the same room where Pappy is strung up with counterweights until they can reach the surgeons at Pearl Harbor. Lawrence has the task of disarming the torpedo.

The grand finale at a Japanese submarine pen is the only time that we
see the soldiers of the Rising Sun. There is a brief underwater
struggle with Japanese divers before everything goes up. Nothing
disparaging is ever mentioned about the Japanese enemy and they seemlargely benign and pose little threat. Essentially, this is a
traditional World War II opus where the men change their haughty
attitude of dislike for their commander into one of adulation. However,
at no time do they advocate killing him. The underwater photography
looks good, but the suspense comes up short. Mind you, Bacon and
company don't spout the war cliché that on the basis of a single
mission hangs the fate of the war. Altogether, "The Frogmen" qualifies
as tolerable.
Super Reviewer
½ January 31, 2010
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.
January 17, 2010
Better than average film about World War II, good cast. Nice performances by Richard Widmark and Dana Andrews. Some exciting scenes lift up a fairly routine story. Well filmed. Nothing great but it certainly is good.
July 2, 2009
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that dana andrews, gary merrill, harvey lembeck, jeffrey hunter, jack warden, henry slate, richard widmark, robert wagner, robert rockwell play good roles/parts throughout this movie....i think that the director of this action/adventure/drama/classics/war movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie its a really good 1950's movie 2 watch with a good cast thorughout this movie
October 29, 2008
Dana Andrews Plays an excellent Navy Chief....Widmark plays off the "Cake Eater" personna to a T....Top Notch!!! Much of the underwater work is done by actual UDT Members...including John Parrish!!!
March 28, 2008
Average WW2 film focusing on the frogmen in the US Navy's Underwater Demolition Team's. Andrews and Widmark povide the leads at loggerheads who come good in the end. Very formulaic but watchable nonetheless.
½ January 24, 2008
Enjoyable war film from the early '50's. Some very tense scenes and good performances.
½ October 11, 2007
Good pacific war story about a regiment often overlooked in film. Richard Widmark and Dana Andrews are solid as soldiers with a conflict of issues.
July 4, 2007
not interested at all
May 3, 2007
Very exciting movie..Loved it.
November 3, 2005
Better than average film about World War II, good cast. Nice performances by Richard Widmark and Dana Andrews. Some exciting scenes lift up a fairly routine story. Well filmed. Nothing great but it certainly is good.
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