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Maxwell Shane (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 February 1944 (USA) See more »
ANCHORS AWEIGH... for thrills and action! See more »
The experiences of a disparate group of young men as they make their way through Navy boot camp. | Add synopsis »
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Neither the Right Way Nor the Wrong Way See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Robert Lowery ... Johnny Zumano - aka Johnny Jersey

Jean Parker ... Ellen Sayre

William Henry ... Malcolm Randall (as Bill Henry)

Roscoe Karns ... Frankie Gimble
Sharon Douglas ... Trudy

Robert Armstrong ... CPO Harper

Tom Keene ... Steve Appleby (as Richard Powers)
Larry Nunn ... Billy Jamison
Mary Treen ... Agnes
Wallace Pindell ... Sailor Joslin (as Wally Pindell)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Recruit Pop Lacy

Joseph Crehan ... Chaplain Benson
Hjalmar F. Hanson ... Great Lakes Naval Station Choir Director (as Commander Hjalmar F. Hanson)
Art Lasky ... Fighter
John J. 'Red' Madigan ... Sailor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olive Blakeney ... Mrs. Will Jamison (uncredited)
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Malcolm Randall Sr. (uncredited)
Edward Davies ... Choir Soloist (uncredited)

Edward Earle ... Commandant (uncredited)
Benny Friedman ... Sailor (uncredited)
Rosina Galli ... Mrs. Zumano - Johnny's Mother (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Malcolm Randall Sr. (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Shore Patrol Gate Guard (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Mr. Zumano - Johnny's Father (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Randall Guest (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Agnes' Cousin (uncredited)

Horace McMahon ... Sailor Saxon (uncredited)

Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Margaret Gimble (uncredited)

Ralph Peters ... Hammy Jerome (uncredited)

Tom Tyler ... Triangle A Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Pat West ... Bartender (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Baldy - Triangle A Ranch Hand (uncredited)

Directed by
William Berke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maxwell Shane  original screenplay

Produced by
L.B. Merman .... associate producer
William H. Pine .... producer
William C. Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Willy Stahl (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr. 
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as F. Paul Sylos)
Set Decoration by
Ben Berk 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
L.B. Merman .... assistant director
Sound Department
Frank Webster .... sound recordist
Crew believed to be complete

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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Factual errors: In the movie the sailors saluted the petty officer who is a NCO. Only commissioned and warrant officers are saluted. The only exception would be an enlisted Metal of Honor recipient who would be saluted like an officer. Not a goof. Recruits in Navy boot camp must salute everyone except fellow recruits.See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Neither the Right Way Nor the Wrong Way, 28 March 2004
Author: boblipton from New York City

This is a flag-waving programmer about the lives of boots at the Great Lakes Training Facilities during World War II. It manages to cover all the bases without doing much wrong. This Pine-Thomas feature -- they were known as "Dollar Bills" because of their ability to squeeze out a decent flick on a tight budget -- manages to have a few interesting bits despite a lack of top-notch talent.

The central story, about turning around an unwilling draftee Robert Lowery, who is more interested in winning a boxing championship than the War, and his romance with gorgeous WAVE Jean Parker is a bit subpar, but a fine supporting cast including a humorous ex-shoe clerk Roscoe Karns, cowboy Tom Keene whose son has already died in the war and and Robert Armstrong as their instructor manages to keep things humming along.

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