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Minesweeper (1943)

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A naval officer who had deserted several years earlier is drawn back to the Navy when World War II begins. He re-enlists under an assumed name, and is assigned to a minesweeper, where he ... See full summary »

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Richard Houston - posing as Jim 'Tennessee' Smith
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Mary Smith
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Seaman Elliot Nash
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CPO Ichabod Ferdinand 'Fixit' Smith (as Guinn Williams)
Emma Dunn ...
Mom Smith
Charles D. Brown ...
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Frank Fenton ...
Lt. Ralph Gilpin
Chick Chandler ...
Seaman 'Corny' Welch
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Cutter Lieutenant Wells
Ralph Sanford ...
Seaman Cox
Billy Nelson ...
Bos'un 'Freshwater' Heims (as Bill Nelson)
Grant Withers ...
CPO Gregg, in Charge of Diving Crew
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A naval officer who had deserted several years earlier is drawn back to the Navy when World War II begins. He re-enlists under an assumed name, and is assigned to a minesweeper, where he has to perform hazardous duties while at the same time keeping his real identity a secret. Written by Snow Leopard

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DANGER AFLOAT! ABOVE, BELOW AND ACROSS THE SEAS...WITH THE HEROIC MEN OF THE COAST GUARD! (original print ad - all caps)


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Get them to serve the country...
1 December 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

From the man that would have brought you the Navy Way came a film that, towards the end of the second world war, seemed determined to get those young men in army or navy uniforms to fight for their countries.

So, the story of a deserting Navy captain with a gambling problem who decides to join the troops again, even as a lowly minesweeper and seaman, is perfectly politically correct for the blossoming of the US involvement in the world's biggest monetary conflict to date a.k.a. WWII.

It's obnoxious. The storyline is predictable. The characters are caricatured. People, including myself, are always ready to shoot on Micael Bay's awful Pearl Harbour, but that is nothing more than a film like Minesweeper with a much bigger budget. In the end, it's all about God, country, killing those Japs, and if you die, you die a hero, and everyone is proud of you, cos you were a good kid.

But what can you do? The film isn't laughable, and it's made in a straight forward way that means no harm. As a product of its times and indoctrinations, it can be forgiven, but as a poor film, it cannot.


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