Here Comes the Navy (1934)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 July 1934 (USA)
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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 ...
Executive Officer
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)  »

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Hey, Sailor!  »

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The airship hangar in which the USS Macon is housed is Hangar One at NAS Moffett. Hangar One is one of the world's largest freestanding structures, covering 8 acres. The hangar was constructed in 1931. Hangar One is a Naval Historical Monument, Historic American Engineering Landmark, and State of California Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks. In May 2008, The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Hangar One on their list of America's Most Endangered Places. This hangar is still standing at the NASA Ames Research Facility in Sunnyvale, CA. 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.]
CPO: [Backs away from Droopy] What are you two guys, a couplea violets?
Wilbur 'Droopy' H. Mullins: Aw, mind your own business.
[Blows Chesty another kiss]
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Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
In the score during the opening credits and at the end
Also in the score during maneuvers
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The Debut of the Buddy Film
17 July 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Here Comes the Navy is a key film in the history of cinema. As it marks the first teaming of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien, that in itself is historic. For these two in my humble opinion are the inventors of the male buddy film. The only other rivals for that distinction are Edmund Lowe and Victor McLaglen when they did a series of films as Captain Flagg and Sergeant Quirt. Cagney and O'Brien were teamed for seven years by Warner Brothers in various parts.

This also is James Cagney's first film in any of our Armed Services. He's the usual fresh mouthed Cagney who as a civilian runs afoul of CPO Pat O'Brien over a woman played by Dorothy Tree. Then Cagney joins the Navy and there's O'Brien waiting for him. And O'Brien has a sister, Gloria Stuart who Cagney falls for.

But of course when Warner Brothers had the good idea of shooting this movie at the San Diego Naval Station, they had no idea that they would be shooting on what became a national shrine. In fact it's mentioned several times that both O'Brien and Cagney are assigned to the battleship, U.S.S. Arizona. Shortly after this film was made the Arizona and the rest of the Pacific Fleet moved to Honolulu and on December 7, 1941 the Arizona became a part of history. A whole lot of the crew of the Arizona served as extras in Here Comes the Navy, so a lot of the faces you see are probably at the bottom of Pearl Harbor in the Arizona.

Knowing that I find it incredible that Here Comes the Navy has never made it to VHS or DVD. Hopefully that will be rectified soon.

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