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Salute (1929)

West Point Cadet John and Annapolis Midshipman Frank focus their fraternal rivalry on the big Army-Navy football game.

Directors:

David Butler (uncredited), John Ford (uncredited)

Writers:

Tristram Tupper (story), John Stone (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Cadet John Randall
Helen Chandler ... Nancy Wayne
William Janney ... Midshipman Paul Randall
Stepin Fetchit ... Smoke Screen
Frank Albertson ... Midshipman Albert Edward Price
Joyce Compton ... Marian Wilson
David Butler David Butler ... Navy Coach
Lumsden Hare ... Rear Admiral John Randall
Clifford Dempsey Clifford Dempsey ... Major General Somers
Ward Bond ... Midshipman Harold
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Storyline

John Randall is an Army cadet at West Point. His younger brother Paul is a midshipman at the Naval Academy. John contrives to help Paul's timid romantic interest in Nancy Wayne by pretending to be interested in her himself. Paul, however, takes offense, and determines to beat his brother in the Army-Navy football game on purely personal grounds. Meanwhile, Paul and fellow midshipman Albert Price are hazed and tormented by upperclassmen. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Hear! See! The Army-Navy Footbal Classic in this All Talking Fox Movietone

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Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El triunfo de la audacia See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne was responsible for assembling a group of USC football players for the cast, one of which was Ward Bond. The director was furious at Bond for constantly ordering steak and drinks from hotel room service and fired him. Wayne stood up to the director and forced him to keep Bond on, and a lifetime friendship was born. See more »

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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played at bedtime
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Perhaps its all one big joke
20 December 2007 | by wadetaylorSee all my reviews

Okay, I'm watching all of John Ford's movies in order right now. I just finished watching Salute, and I will say one of two things happened during the making of it. Either John Ford was briefly sucked into another dimension or Ford is playing a big joke on all of us.

If I had seen this movie on TCM without seeing the credits I think I would have assumed that it was some rarely seen B-movie directed by someone I'd never heard of, but this was Fox's biggest grosser of 1929.

I really can't explain what is going on in the movie. It really is almost plot less with little vignettes of new recruits lives at the naval academy. It was really cool to see John Wayne and Ward Bond in the earliest speaking roles I have seen, but they really weren't actors then and their line readings are so stilted, but not just those two everybody talks bizarrely. Not to mention Stepin Fetchit who has to be the most bizarre character I've ever seen.

I mean there is the whole setup of these to brothers being in the military, but all that ever happens is that they play football.

Somehow this movie felt like it was a home movie that was released accidentally, I really can't see John Ford directing John Wayne to throw a pie at someone's face.

My conclusion is that John Ford and the crew must have gotten drunk, Ford passed out they kept the cameras rolling, all of the actors filmed their improvisations, then Ford woke up and edited together in something that might vaguely resemble a movie.

I can't rate this because I'm not sure if its a work of genius or the accidental work of a sleeping man., or maybe I was right in the beginning...its all one big practical joke on the audience.


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