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Steady, dependable Coast Guard Lieutenant Raymond "Ray" Dower and reckless aviator Thomas "Speed" Bradshaw are the closest of friends. Ray saves the life of Captain Tobias Bliss, tramp steamer skipper, in a daring rescue at sea. Speed flies the injured man back to the base hospital, where the two officers later visit him. There Ray meets Nancy Bliss, Bliss' grand-daughter, and falls in love with her. Speed meets her at a dance and urges Ray to propose before some other guy does. Ray is assigned to flood rescue duty, and Speed and Nancy start going out together and discover they are in love. Angry at first, Ray acts as best man at the wedding. Speed reverts to his old habits and often leaves Nancy alone. Broken-hearted, Nancy returns to her grandfather's home, where Ray often visits her. He is there when Speed, stunting over the house to gain Nancy's attention, cracks up his plane. Ray is forced to testify at Speed's court-martial, and Speed believes Ray is trying to ruin him and win ... Written by
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The fifth (5th) service is featured in this 1939 effort from Columbia Pictures, the COAST GUARD. This is the one that is constantly on patrol in the air and/or sea to safeguard those who underestimate the dangers on the water. In war it falls under the command of the U.S.N. and has proved just as effective at deterring our enemies.
COAST GUARD features a typical love triangle featured in the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood. Used constantly in both 'A' or 'B' efforts like this. The objective, Nancy Bliss (Frances Dee) attractive Grand-Daughter of Tobias Bliss (Walter Connelly). Whose Ship is in distress and rescued by Lt. Raymond 'Ray' Dower (Ralph Bellemy). Enter Thomas 'Speed' Bradshaw (Randolf Scott) and his side-kick O'Hara (Warren Hymer). Represnting the more glamorous Air branch of the service.
Now as expected 'Ray' does not stand a chance against 'Speed', Nancy quickly setting her cap for him and succeeding in marriage. 'Speed' though cannot break old habits which leads to a estrangement. Fear not, a improbable Artic Rescue of 'Ray' allows true love to triumph in the end, with the couple reunited.
Poor Ralph Bellemy, he started off strong with RKO in the early 1930s, but even then, when it came to getting the girl he struck out. If it was not Bruce Cabot or Gary Grant it was somebody else. This was one of the last roles for Walter Connolly who a year later would die (05/28/1940). Warren Hymer's career was spiraling down and he to would go just nine years later (03/25/1948). Bellemy, Dee and Scott would continue on for another two Decades or more.
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