NAVY LOG was a series that ran from 1955 to 1958. It was an anthology series based on real stories and exploits of the U.S. Navy during WW2, The Korean War and the then current, Cold War. The series ran for a total of 102 episodes. The series features plenty of just unclassified footage of various naval actions etc. The Navy was more than happy to help with tech and film footage.
This particular episode is the 13th of season one.
The episode starts out in Japan in August 1950. A team of Navy frogmen are called in by an Admiral and given a secret mission. The six men, Jimmy Murphy, Britt Lomond, Alan Wells, Patrick Waltz, Tom Laughlin and Alan Hale Jr are to be landed behind North Korean lines. Once ashore, they are to use their demolition skills to destroy a railway tunnel. The Reds are using the tunnel to move supplies to their troops.
The men land at night and make their way to the target. They have just finished planting the explosives when a North Korean patrol spots them. They open fire wounding the officer in charge, Patrick Waltz. Alan Hale Jr rushes in to pull the officer to safety. He then sets off the explosives while the rest of the detail wipes out the North Korean patrol.
The men haul the officer back to the beach while seaman Murphy, digs Hale Jr out of the rubble. Murphy then carries the wounded man back to the beach. The men then paddle their boat back out to sea to be picked up.
They are then picked up and returned to Japan. Murphy and Hale are both put up for medals. The Pollywog of the title refers to Jimmy Murphy. Murphy is a good foot and a half shorter than the rest of the detail.
The director is low rent b-film helmsman, Jean Yarbrough. The director of photography was another big screen vet, Lester White. White handled the cinematography of films such as, INVISIBLE AGENT, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON, THE FULLER BRUSH MAN, THE 49th MAN and THE STRANGER WORE A GUN.
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