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Shipmates Forever (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 12 October 1935 (USA)
Dick is watching the fleet come in when he sees June. Dick has no intention of joining the Navy, which is a family tradition, and June, having lost her father and brother in the Navy, does ... See full summary »


Frank Borzage


Delmer Daves (story and screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Richard John 'Dick' Melville III
Ruby Keeler ... June Blackburn
Lewis Stone ... Adm. Richard Melville
Ross Alexander ... Lafayette 'Sparks' Brown
Eddie Acuff ... Lincoln 'Cowboy'
Dick Foran ... Gifford
John Arledge ... Johnny 'Coxswain' Lawrence
Robert Light ... Ted Sterling
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joyce Oliver Joyce Oliver


Dick is watching the fleet come in when he sees June. Dick has no intention of joining the Navy, which is a family tradition, and June, having lost her father and brother in the Navy, does not want a Navy man. But Dick relents when his father says that he would not make it anyway and he enters the Naval Academy. The first year as a plebe is tough, but Dick is at the head of his class. He rooms alone, as he sees no need for friends as he plans to resign when he graduates. June has also changed her mind about Dick being at the Academy. The second year is the same, except for his old roommate Lawrence who washes out. Finally, the last year and he has a three month training cruise. This cruise will make or break Dick as a Navy man. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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See it TODAY and Cheer "THE NAVY FOREVER"! (Print Ad- Brooklyn Daily Eagle, ((Brooklyn NY)) 18 October 1935) See more »


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Release Date:

12 October 1935 (USA) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Near the end of the movie, there is a great shot of a Martin P3M-2 seaplane landing in the ocean. Markings on the side of the plane show a "6". There were only 6 P3M-2's built. See more »


As Admiral Melville is watching the cadets march to their boats for their deployment aboard the U.S.S. Arkansas. His top row of ribbons has moved to the right. That row of ribbons had been centered for the whole film before this scene. See more »


Lafayette 'Sparks' Brown: I was raised on radio. Weaned on radio. Gotta have a radio.
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Remade as On Dress Parade (1939) See more »


I'd Love to Take Orders from You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Dick Powell
Later danced to by Ruby Keeler and a children's dance class
Played often throughout the picture
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Flirtation Walk Revamped
8 June 2008 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

The Warner Brothers gang is back again, and this time they're out to sea. Richard Melville III (Dick Powell) comes from a long time of Navy men. His father (Lewis Stone) is commander of the fleet and expects that his son will follow in his footsteps. Dick doesn't want to; in fact, he has become quite successful as a crooner on the radio. And besides, his girl (Ruby Keeler) doesn't want her husband to turn out dead like her Navy brother and father. Now before you start having flashes of The Jazz Singer, read on. Dick decides to give his father's way a try, but he is stubborn enough to isolate himself during his training. It is too bad too, because his father knows how he could benefit from the company of guys like Sparks (Ross Alexander), Cowboy (Eddie Acuff), and Coxswain (John Arledge).

A really great film, Shipmates Forever is undeniably similar to Flirtation Walk not only for the cast or the story but the director Frank Borzage too. However, the similarities are no hindrance and this second chance has actually improved upon the original. It features a great many more comic moments which liven it tremendously. Alexander is always good for a laugh, and it is too bad he took his own life only a few years later. Perhaps the funniest and most shocking moment is during a "I'd Rather Listen To Your Eyes." Powell's crooning draws all of the women, and a series of Busby Berkeley-esquire close-ups on their eyes illustrates the melody. That is, until a pair of men's eyes pop up! Other songs include the Warren and Dubin standards "Don't Give Up The Ship" and "I'd Love To Take Orders From You." It is a wonder why this one has never been released.

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