Three Brave Men

Three Brave Men

Director: Philip Dunne Cast: Ray Milland, Ernest Borgnine, Frank Lovejoy

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2012
UPC: 0024543810759
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 78,985

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Milland Joe Di Marco
Ernest Borgnine Bernie Goldsmith
Frank Lovejoy Capt. Winfield
Nina Foch Lieutenant McCoy
Dean Jagger Rogers
Virginia Christine Helen Goldsmith
Edward Andrews Maj. Jensen
Frank Faylen Enos Warren
Diane Jergens Shirley Goldsmith
Warren Berlinger Harry Goldsmith
Andrew Duggan Browning
James Westerfield O'Reilly
Richard Anderson Lt. Horton
Olive Blakeney Miss Scott
Robert Burton Dietz
Ray Montgomery Sanford
Sandy Descher Alice
Patty Ann Gerrity Ruthie
Jonathan Hole Gibbons
Fern Barry Miss Howell
Joe McGuinn Gaddis
Samuel Colt Funston
John Close Photographer
Tom Daley Actor
Leonard Graves Actor
William Hughes Actor
Selmar Jackson Retired Admiral
Walter Woolf King Adm. Mason
Gene O'Donnell Washington Correspondent
Lee Roberts Investigator
Jason Wingreen Perry
Joseph Wiseman Jim Barron
Carleton Young Board Chairman
Juanita Close Bernie's Secretary
Edith Claire Dietz's Secretary
Helen Mayon Actor

Technical Credits
Philip Dunne Director,Screenwriter
David Bretherton Editor
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Herbert Bayard Swope Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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