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Minesweeper (1943)

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 »

Director:

William Berke

Writers:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (original screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe), Maxwell Shane (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Arlen ... Richard Houston - posing as Jim 'Tennessee' Smith
Jean Parker ... Mary Smith
Russell Hayden ... Seaman Elliot Nash
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... CPO Ichabod Ferdinand 'Fixit' Smith
Emma Dunn ... Mom Smith
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Cmdr. Lane
Frank Fenton ... Lt. Ralph Gilpin
Chick Chandler ... Seaman 'Corny' Welch
Douglas Fowley ... Cutter Lt. 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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Storyline

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)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barreminas See more »

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Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: DECEMBER 1941 See more »

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The Romance Detracted From The Movie's Purpose
15 January 2013 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Unlike most war movies, you'll find no real "battles" being fought in "Minesweeper." For that, I actually give it some credit. It pays tribute to the crew of minesweepers - those who helped take care of Japanese mines laid at the mouths of US harbours. That's not especially glamorous, so I applaud whoever decided to make this movie. It's an important job, and not all the honour should go to those who are face to face in combat with the enemy.

The star of this is Richard Arlen. He plays an officer who deserted from the Navy years before, and then re-enlists under an assumed identity once Pearl Harbour is attacked. So part of the movie is spent wondering whether he's going to get caught. The dangers of this type of service are well documented, and there's a tragic incident as the movie nears its end. The cast is decent enough.

The basic problem with this is that it spends far too much time emphasizing the somewhat unbelievable romance the develops between "Tennessee Smith" (as Arlen's character was known) and Mary (Jean Parker.) Given that Mary was apparently already almost engaged when Tennessee showed up, I found it rather difficult to accept that she'd get caught in this romantic triangle, and I thought it weakened the movie.

This certainly isn't a high profile war picture, nor does it appear to have had much of a budget. It's not bad; it's an appropriate tribute. I just wish it had stayed a bit more focused on those to whom it was paying tribute and to the service they were offering. (4/10)


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