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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 - aka 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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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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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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Somewhat Melodramatic, But Interesting
22 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"Minesweeper" is a somewhat melodramatic but interesting World War II drama that has a pretty good story and that also takes a look at one of the less familiar aspects of the war. There are also some moments of real suspense and tension. The print that aired recently was unfortunately not very good, so viewing it involves accepting some distractions, but it has a number of points of interest to compensate.

Richard Arlen stars as a naval officer who had deserted a few years before the war, but who finds himself drawn back to the Navy when the war breaks out. Helped by a friendly family, he assumes a new identity and re-enlists under his new name. Throughout the action that follows, he is faced with numerous dangerous missions, while also living in constant fear that his true identity will be discovered. He also finds himself involved in romantic complications. It all builds up to a climactic sequence of events that, while rather melodramatic, is action-packed and rather surprising.

Arlen's ship is a minesweeper, and the film incorporates some interesting details on the job that such ships had to do in keeping shipping lanes and harbors free of mines. The hazards involved also lead to some rather tense moments of drama.

The movie is not too long, and moves fairly quickly. It should hold some interest for most fans of old war movies.


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