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Three Brave Men (1956)

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The only thing genuinely brave about Three Brave Men is the second word in the title. The film is based on the true story of a Navy employee who was fired as a security risk, then took the case to court to prove his loyalty to the United States. Ernest Borgnine plays the victimized employee, whose life is ruined simply because he once briefly participated in an alleged "Pinko" organization. Borgnine and his family are ostracized from the community when word leaks out about his so-called disloyalty. Lawyer Ray Milland takes Borgnine's case; he pleads so eloquently on behalf of his client's patriotism that the navy, represented by Eisenhower lookalike Dean Jagger, reinstates Borgnine. The problem in Three Brave Men is in how the material is approached. Instead of attacking the atmosphere of paranoia that fostered the Communist "witch hunts" of the 1950s, the crucifixion of Borgnine is treated as a necessary evil in the interests of "democracy." The low point comes at the end, when Ray Milland profusely thanks the Navy for their open-mindedness before his client has been exonerated.

Cast

Ernest Borgnine
as Bernard F. 'Bernie' Goldsmith
Ray Milland
as Joe DiMarco
Nina Foch
as Lt. Mary Jane McCoy
Dean Jagger
as John W. Rogers
Frank Lovejoy
as Capt. Winfield
Virginia Christine
as Helen Goldsmith
Edward Andrews
as Maj. Jensen
Frank Faylen
as Enos Warren
Diane Jergens
as Shirley Goldsmith
Warren Berlinger
as Harry Goldsmith
Andrew Duggan
as Browning
Joseph Wiseman
as Jim Barron
Richard Anderson
as Lt. Horton
Olive Blakeney
as Miss Scott
Fern Barry
as Miss Howell
Lee Roberts
as Investigator
Selmer Jackson
as Retired Admiral
John Close
as Photographer
Tom Daly
as Sherrod
Juanita Close
as Bernie's Secretary
Edith Claire
as Dietz's Secretary
Selmar Jackson
as Retired Admiral
Gene O'Donnell
as Washington Correspondent
Carleton Young
as Board Chairman
Samuel Colt
as Funston
Bill Hughes
as Lt. Barnes
Helen Mayon
as Mrs. Parks
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