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Frogmen
     

The Frogmen

Director: Lloyd Bacon, Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews, Gary Merrill

Cast: Lloyd Bacon, Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews, Gary Merrill

 
Lloyd Bacon's The Frogmen (1951) is an enjoyable if not too ambitious war movie, made at a time when underwater demolition was something new in our military. The drama is well executed and the script is convincing, showing the warts (such as intra-service rivalries) of the navy men as well as their bravery. The black-and-white movie has been well transferred in

Overview

Lloyd Bacon's The Frogmen (1951) is an enjoyable if not too ambitious war movie, made at a time when underwater demolition was something new in our military. The drama is well executed and the script is convincing, showing the warts (such as intra-service rivalries) of the navy men as well as their bravery. The black-and-white movie has been well transferred in full-screen (1.33:1) from a clean, crisp source, and the volume, although a little low, pumps up nicely. The movie has been given a more-than-adequate 20 chapters and comes with optional French- and Spanish-language audio tracks as well as English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The only bonus materials are a theatrical teaser that's a little vague and two somewhat over-enthusiastic original trailers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A crackling good war yarn, The Frogmen's basic story -- tough new commander alienates his men but wins them over when they see how courageous he is -- is certainly familiar, but it's told with zest by director Lloyd Bacon and writers John Tucker Battle and Oscar Millard. And while Frogmen's story is not overly original, the focus on a Underwater Demolition Team does give some novelty to the proceedings. More importantly, however, is the fact that the creative team treats the plot as if it were fresh and newly minted. The screenplay is tight and places a heavy emphasis on the action sequences, but when it pauses to focus on its characters, it does so in a manner that is efficient and spare yet which still provides enough detail to make the roles seem more human than stock. Clearly, matters are helped by a solid cast. Richard Widmark turns in a compelling and utterly convincing performance as the new commander, and he's well matched by Dana Andrews in top form. Jeffrey Hunter is also good and even Gary Merrill makes the most of his part. Only Harvey Lembeck is a bit off the mark, and that is due more to the character than to his performance. Special effects are good and Norbert F. Brodin's cinematography is exceptional.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
UPC:
0024543179696
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence
Dana Andrews Jake Flannigan
Gary Merrill Lt. Cmdr Pete Vincent
Jeffrey Hunter Creighton
Warren Stevens Hodges
Robert Wagner Lt. Franklin
Harvey Lembeck Marvin W. "Canarsie" Mikowsky
Henry Slate Sleepy
Robert Adler Chief Ryan
Harry Flowers Kinsella
William Bishop Ferrino
Fay Roope Adm. Dakers
James Gregory Chief Petty Officer Lane
Russell Hardie Capt. Radford
Parley Baer Dr. Ullman
Peter Leeds Pharmacist's Mate
Frank Donahue Crew Member
Jack Warden Crew Member
Norman McKay Capt. Phillips
Sydney Smith Gen. Coleson
Ray Hyke Repairman
Rush Williams Soldier
George Yoshinaga Swimmer
Harry Hamada Gunner
Richard Allan Actor
Robert Patten Lt. Klinger
Robert Rockwell Lt. Bill Doyle

Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
John Tucker Battle Screenwriter
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Hogsett Art Director
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Winston H. Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Oscar Millard Screenwriter
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
William H. Reynolds Editor
Fred J. Rode Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [:12]
2. VIP's [1:18]
3. Planning the Mission [5:49]
4. Full Speed Ahead [1:10]
5. Mapping the Territory [2:59]
6. Direct Hit [5:03]
7. Back on Board [1:06]
8. The Flagship [3:36]
9. Monkey Wrench [3:07]
10. The Mission [2:38]
11. Planting the Sign [3:53]
12. Visiting Hours [1:30]
13. Legal Mutiny [1:22]
14. Torpedoed [4:46]
15. Disarmament [1:51]
16. Meeting the Sub [5:18]
17. Sealed Orders [3:19]
18. Stealth Bombers [2:32]
19. Spotted! [5:17]
20. A Real Team [4:10]

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