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Navy Blues (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 20 December 1929 (USA)
On shore leave, a young sailor meets and falls in love with a pretty young blonde. He goes home with her to meet her parents, but they don't approve of him at all. Their daughter takes ... See full summary »

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Raymond L. Schrock (story), Dale Van Every (adapted by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Kelly
Anita Page ... Alice
Karl Dane ... Sven Swanson
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Mr. Brown
Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. Brown
Wade Boteler ... Higgins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Genardi Frankie Genardi
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Storyline

On shore leave, a young sailor meets and falls in love with a pretty young blonde. He goes home with her to meet her parents, but they don't approve of him at all. Their daughter takes offense at this, and in the ensuing argument she storms out of the house determined to live on her own. She believes that her new boyfriend will marry her, but when he admits that he's not the marrying kind and then goes back to sea, she feels hurt and rejected and her life goes into a downward spiral. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de marino See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first all-talking picture William Haines starred in. He had previously starred in MGM's first talkie, a silent film with talking sequences, in 1928 and had appeared in MGM's 1929 all-star revue. See more »

Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also release this movie as a silent with film length 1,888.24 m. See more »

Soundtracks

Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
(pseudonym of James Frederick Swift)
Sung a cappella by J.C. Nugent
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Hearing William Haines
16 May 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

On shore leave, sailor William Haines (as Jack Kelly) meets pretty blonde Anita Page (as Alice Brown) at a dance. The pair fall in love, but her possessive parents consider Mr. Haines to be "a common, ordinary sailor," and throw Ms. Page out in the streets. With reluctant help from pal Karl Dane (as Sven "Swede" Swanson), Haines tries to straighten out his irresponsible life, and settle down with Page. This was the first "talkie" for box office star Haines, who helped keep the sound of cash registers ringing for MGM.

In hindsight, "Navy Blues" is an average Haines formula film. It was also the first time many filmgoers heard Mr. Dane, a popular supporting actor who had less of a Swedish accent than he had in silent films ("Yumping Yimminey!). The men had just released another film with Page ("Speedway"), who was considered one of the biggest new stars of the year. It is fun to watch how much attention Haines pays to Page's pretty legs in this film - his inability to keep his hands to himself undoubtedly appealed to many.

***** Navy Blues (12/13/29) Clarence Brown ~ William Haines, Anita Page, Karl Dane, Edythe Chapman


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