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Here Comes the Navy (1934)

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A cocky guy joins the Navy for the wrong reason but finds romance and twice is cited for heroism.



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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Tree ...
Robert Barrat ...
Commander Denny
Willard Robertson ...
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Dance-Floor Manager (as Guinn Williams)
Howard C. Hickman ...
Captain (as Howard Hickman)
Maude Eburne ...
Droopy's Mother


To continue a grudge with naval officer Biff Martin, feisty construction worker Chesty O'Connor joins the navy and manages to get stationed on the same ship as Martin. Further complications arise when O'Connor starts dating Martin's sister, whom he meets while on shore leave. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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21 July 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hey, Sailor!  »

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USS Macon was a rigid airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting and served as a "flying aircraft carrier", designed to carry up to five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk biplane aircraft for scouting. One of these Sparrowhawk biplanes can be seen in the background when the crew of USS Macon is gathered prior to departure. See more »


The telegram Chesty receives is dated May 13, but his court martial for going AWOL after getting the telegram gives the date of the offense as April 2. See more »


Wilbur 'Droopy' H. Mullins: [Droopy waves, then blows a kiss to his buddy, Chesty, who's leaving the ship for a new post.]
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Wilbur 'Droopy' H. Mullins: Aw, mind your own business.
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Hey! Sailor
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"Dames is out of my life. From now on every frail is just gonna be a straw ride."
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Metal worker James Cagney is humiliated by naval officer Pat O'Brien. So he joins the Navy to get even with him. Naturally. Then he falls in love with Pat's sister, only he doesn't know it's Pat's sister. Their romance may be short-lived, however, because Jimmy and Pat can't stand one another.

Cagney and O'Brien made a lot of these types of movies. This was the first and one of the best. Usually Jimmy's the cocky jerk and Pat's the nice guy. That's sort of the case here, too, but I actually found myself liking Cagney more than O'Brien. He's fun and likable, even if he's not always right. Pat, on the other hand, is a sour puss throughout the movie. Gloria Stuart plays O'Brien's sister who Cagney falls in love with. She's very pretty and does a fine job in a part that requires very little. Historically important for being partially filmed on board the USS Arizona, which was destroyed at Pearl Harbor seven years later. Also some footage of the dirigible USS Macon, which crashed the year after this film was released. It's a fun movie that fans of the stars will certainly enjoy. The climax is implausible but exciting. There is a blackface gag that will set some today back on their heels, so be prepared for that.

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