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On a layover in Hawaii two conniving Navy seamen borrow money to lay down bets that their ship will win the upcoming gunnery practice trophy, having found out that the current gunnery champ has just transferred aboard their ship. What they haven't learned, however, is that the marksman's enlistment is up before the contest is supposed to take place. Written by
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Navy Blues is interesting as the film debut of one Jackie Gleason though don't expect his full-fledged personality here
This is one of three movies I'm reviewing consecutively featuring a comic who'd make a more lasting impact on television a decade later. Jackie Gleason (here credited with a C as a middle initial) was seen by Jack Warner in a nightclub and got a contract with the Warner Bros. studio as a result. This was his film debut. He plays a sailor named Tubby who-among others in uniform-are after Jack Oakie and Jack Haley after they seem to take their money though those two hope to win big in a contest concerning a new transfer of Herbert Anderson on board. I'll stop there and also mention that a couple of women-Martha Raye and Ann Sheridan-also star. They sing some enjoyable musical numbers as do Oakie and Haley. I thought the visual humor was funnier than much of the verbal wisecracks and perhaps some trimming could have been done to the story. As for Gleason, well, don't expect his wisecracking personality to be in full force here though it's amusing seeing him getting doused in the face with water or occasionally getting a wisecrack through. So in summary, Navy Blues is worth a look for seeing early Gleason in action.
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