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Navy Blue and Gold (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Sport | 19 November 1937 (USA)
Truck Cross, played by Jimmy Stewart, isn't an enlisted soldier. He is an enlisted man in the Navy and therefore a sailor. Otherwise, Harold Thornton's review is excellent.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Alyce Gates
Richard Gates Sr.
Lt. Milburn
Academy Superintendent
Charles Waldron ...
Cmdr. Carter
Coach of Southern Institute


James Stewart plays "Truck" Cross an enlisted soldier who has been accepted into the Unites States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Truck meets Roger "Rog" Ash (Robert Young)and Richard "Dickie" Gates Junior (Tom Brown). Three very different young men become roommates. Truck Cross has a secret he doesn't want let out. Ash is full of himself and needs to learn to be part of a team. Gates seems to just want to belong to something get away from his mother (played by Billie Burke, whom you will instantly remember as Glinda the Good Witch) The boys make it through their Plebe year (Freshman) year, and into the Sophomore year is when the plot really begins to thicken, Truck's secret is found out, and the outcome could mean expulsion, Ash thinks he's not Navy at all and it could lead to expulsion as well, Captain Dawes (played by the incomparable Lionel Barrymore) always seems to be in the right place at the right time to help make things happen for this threesome. Will the three of ... Written by Harold Thornton

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Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

19 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Annapolis  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Near the end of the climatic Army-Navy game, Navy scores a touchdown and extra point to tie the score at 7 late in the game. The next scene has Army then kicking off to Navy. This is of course incorrect as Navy would be kicking to Army following the score. See more »


Auld Lang Syne
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Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the Christmas Dance
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1001 clichés...and yet I really liked this film.
26 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Intellectually speaking, this is a very clichéd film. So many of the typical 1930s and 40s gimmicks for this sort of movie are all present...ALL. Yet, despite this, I really had a hard time disliking the movie. It was highly entertaining and the actors really made it shine.

The film is about three roommates who all have just been admitted to the prestigious US Naval Academy. They are all stereotypes, but the most ridiculously stereotyped is the guy played by Robert Young. I am surprised they didn't nickname him 'Blackie', as he was the archetypal dishonorable bad guy who just doesn't understand or want to understand the importance of teamwork and humility. He's an exceptional football player (despite Young being 30 at the time he played this part) and knows it...and doing it for anyone but himself is out of the question. Tom Brown plays the sweet rich guy who is the embodiment of niceness and pluck--sort of like a Horatio Alger character who is ALREADY rich. He gives up his wealth and status to serve his country--and women who went to see this film must have all felt a tremendous urge to hug him! The final guy is played by Jimmy Stewart. Like Brown, he's an alright guy and gained admittance to the Academy through the ranks--and he's got a secret that comes out late in the film. While receiving second billing, I think this film did a lot more for Stewart's career than for any other in the movie. I thought Brown was also very good, but today he's an all but forgotten actor--and that's a shame.

The film has it all...lots of sentiment, a strong dose of patriotism, an old man who just happens to be on the brink of death when the big game comes up with Westpoint, you name it! In many ways, the film seems even more clichéd and prototypical for a college football film than even "Knute Rockne, All-American"! But, because the dialog, characters and direction are all so good, you can accept the huge doses of sentiment, schmaltz and all the familiar (very familiar) plot devices. Very well done and a must-see for fans of classic films.

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