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The Frogmen (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 8 September 1951 (Sweden)
The new commander of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team--nicknamed "Frogmen"--must earn the respect of the men in his unit, who are still grieving over the death of their former commander and resentful of the new one.


Lloyd Bacon


John Tucker Battle (screenplay), Oscar Millard (story)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence
Dana Andrews ... Jake Flannigan
Gary Merrill ... Lt. Cmdr. Pete Vincent
Jeffrey Hunter ... Pappy Creighton
Warren Stevens ... Hodges
Robert Wagner ... Lt. (jg) Franklin
Harvey Lembeck ... Marvin W. 'Canarsie' Mikowsky
Robert Rockwell ... Lt. Bill Doyle
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Sleepy


World War II drama in which Richard Widmark, as Lt. Cmdr. John Lawrence, replaces the popular commanding officer of a group of underwater demolition divers. a crew of fiercely independent studs who hang their proverbial hats in Davy Jones' locker. The martinet Lawrence tightens the discipline of the unit, making him mucho unpopular with the macho frogmen. Finally, Lawrence proves himself as more than just a stuffed white shirt, showing he has the cojones to keep up with their peculiar brand of the jones, becoming one of the team by fearlessly defusing a live torpedo at the risk of his own life. Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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UNCLE SAM'S UNDERWATER COMMANDOS! (original print ad - all caps)


Adventure | Drama | War


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Opening credits: This is a true story based on incidents which occurred in the latter part of World War II. It deals with one of the most hazardous and unique branches of the Armed Forces---- the Underwater Demolition Teams. See more »


In most above water close-up shots, the men wear their face mask on their forehead. This is photogenic, but a good way to lose a mask. To keep the mask from falling off, it should be pulled down below the chin. This is most notable in the speed boat drop-off and pick-up scenes. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Pete Vincent: Looks like you've got what amounts to a legal mutiny on your hands.
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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Deep Water (1957) See more »

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Friend was stunt double on this movie
4 May 2005 | by BrianD7See all my reviews

I have not seen this movie in many years but I would like to note that my friend Herschel Spurlock and his buddy Harold Tucker were stunt-men on this movie. They were UDT men and got paid $50 per day for there work. I plan to buy a copy of the movie and give it to my friend. This movie seems to have quite a group of primary actors. In the old days Navy men were call UDT, today the modern term is Navy Seals. UDT means underwater demolition team. My friend did a lot of work from submarines and was injured once descending a ladder, broke both legs. He also had a hand grenade thrown at him and just recently had a brass piece of shrapnel removed from his back. In addition my friend is on deck in the middle picture on the back of the DVD. He is looking left and has a bathing suit on. Herschel Spurlock died in the California Veterans Home in Yountville 5/20/2009.

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Release Date:

8 September 1951 (Sweden) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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