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True to the Navy (1930)

Passed  -  Action | Comedy | Romance  -  25 May 1930 (USA)
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A countergirl at a San Diego soda shop has a lot of sailor "boyfriends," but her heart really belongs to a free-spirited gunner, who doesn't want to be tied down to any one woman.



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Cast overview:
Ruby Nolan
Bull's Eye McCoy
Harry Green ...
Solomon Bimberg
Rex Bell ...
Eddie Fetherston ...
Eddie Dunn ...
Ray Cooke ...
Harry Sweet ...
Adele Windsor ...
Sam Hardy ...
Jed Prouty ...
Dance Hall Manager


While sailors are know far and wide as having a girl in every port, all of the sailors in the Pacific Fleet appear to have the same girl when in their home-port of San Diego; Miss Ruby Nolan, a counter-girl in a San Diego drugstore. She, in turn, is interested only in the stiff-as-a-board gunners-mate "Bull's-Eye" McCoy, who is not interested in her. She sets about to change his mind. Written by Les Adams <>

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BRING on the GOBS! (original poster) See more »


Action | Comedy | Romance






Release Date:

25 May 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Referenced in Paramount on Parade (1930) See more »


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Clara Bow Sings a Song
24 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Snappy comedy that re-teams Clara Bow and Fredric March after the previous year's THE WILD PARTY.

Bow plays a San Diego drug store waitress who dates a dozen sailors because their ships are never in port at the same time. But when the entire Pacific fleet docks, she's in trouble when they all discover her games.

That's when she meets March and falls for him. Even though she's nuts about him, when he discovers her reputation he dumps her. He also thinks she's involved in the illegal betting on the naval artillery games that are coming up.

Bow looks great here with her wild red hair (called "hot hair" here) and expressive eyes. March comes off less well because he seems to be "acting" all the time with his tough accent and all.

Good supporting cast includes Harry Green as the Yiddish boss, Adele Windsor as no-nonsense Maisie, Ray Cooke (not a bell boy as he usually is) as March's pal, Eddie Dunn is excellent as Albert, Jed Prouty as the dance hall manager, and Louise Beavers as the maid. Rex Bell, Bow's future husband, plays Eddie.

The highlight of the film is quite unexpected as Bow sings to a song on the radio and she's really good. The song is titled something like "There's Only One Somebody for Me." Who knew Clara Bow could sing? I can't think of any other film in which she sings.

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