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Three Brave Men (1956)

Approved | | Drama | December 1956 (USA)
During the Cold War, a Maryland civilian employee of the U.S. Navy is deemed a security risk and he fights the official charges of being a Communist sympathizer.

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Philip Dunne

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Philip Dunne, Anthony Lewis (articles)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Joe DiMarco
Ernest Borgnine ... Bernard F. 'Bernie' Goldsmith
Frank Lovejoy ... Capt. Amos Winfield U.S.N.
Nina Foch ... Lt. Mary Jane McCoy
Dean Jagger ... John W. Rogers - Secretary of the Navy
Virginia Christine ... Helen Goldsmith
Edward Andrews ... Mayor Henry L. Jensen
Frank Faylen ... Enos Warren
Diane Jergens ... Shirley Goldsmith
Warren Berlinger ... Harry Goldsmith
Andrew Duggan ... Pastor Stephen Browning
Joseph Wiseman ... Jim Barron
James Westerfield ... Chief of Police Timothy Aloysius O'Reilly
Richard Anderson ... Naval Lt. Bill Horton
Olive Blakeney ... Miss Victoria Scott
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Bernie Goldsmith, a long-time civilian employee of the U.S. Navy is suspended as a security risk when investigators discover he had communist affiliations in his youth. Snubbed by former friends and harassed by others in the community, Goldsmith hires a lawyer to fight the charges and clear his good name. Written by David Bassler

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USA

Language:

English

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December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chasanow Story See more »

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Budget:

$1,050,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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This film was based on the true story of Abraham Chasanow, who worked for the Department of the Navy and lived in the city of Greenbelt, Md. See more »

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suburbs of Washington D. C. during height of McCarthyism
15 January 2009 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A government employee (Ernest Borgnine) loses his job when his superiors receive notice that he had had ties with Communist organizations in the past. Set in offices in Washington D. C. and as well in a suburban development, the film goes between the two locales to track the action. Probably the more interesting locale is the suburb where he lives with his family and where the opinion seems to be divided between the neighbors as to whether or not he actually is a subversive. The Washington side of things is more or less focusing on his trial to prove his innocence and shines a favorable light on government fairness during his trial, which features Ray Milland as his legal representative and Nina Foch as the government heavy trying to prove the case against him. One wonders in real life if this opportunity was actually afforded to suspected Communists during the 50's. In any event, back at his suburban neighborhood things get pretty heated at his two kids' high school where they face rumors about their family, and other interesting situations as well arise that make the film at least mildly interesting compared to the whitewash it portrays at his trial.


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