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Navy Blue and Gold (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Sport | 19 November 1937 (USA)
James Stewart plays "Truck" Cross an enlisted soldier who has been accepted into the Unites States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Truck meets Roger "Rog" Ash (Robert Young)and ... See full summary »

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Sam Wood

Writers:

George Bruce (book), George Bruce (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Young ... Roger 'Rog' Ash
James Stewart ... John Cross Carter
Florence Rice ... Patricia 'Pat' Gates
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Alyce Gates
Lionel Barrymore ... Capt. 'Skinny' Dawes
Tom Brown ... Richard Arnold 'Dick' Gates Jr.
Samuel S. Hinds ... Richard Gates Sr.
Paul Kelly ... Tommy Milton
Barnett Parker ... Graves
Frank Albertson ... Weeks
Minor Watson ... Lt. Milburn
Robert Middlemass ... Academy Superintendent
Phillip Terry ... Kelly
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Cmdr. Carter
Pat Flaherty ... Coach of Southern Institute
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James Stewart plays "Truck" Cross an enlisted soldier who has been accepted into the Unites States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Truck meets Roger "Rog" Ash (Robert Young)and Richard "Dickie" Gates Junior (Tom Brown). Three very different young men become roommates. Truck Cross has a secret he doesn't want let out. Ash is full of himself and needs to learn to be part of a team. Gates seems to just want to belong to something get away from his mother (played by Billie Burke, whom you will instantly remember as Glinda the Good Witch) The boys make it through their Plebe year (Freshman) year, and into the Sophomore year is when the plot really begins to thicken, Truck's secret is found out, and the outcome could mean expulsion, Ash thinks he's not Navy at all and it could lead to expulsion as well, Captain Dawes (played by the incomparable Lionel Barrymore) always seems to be in the right place at the right time to help make things happen for this threesome. Will the three of ... Written by Harold Thornton

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Taglines:

TAKE A TIP FROM A GUY IN THE SERVICE...YOU'LL STAND AND CHEER THIS GREAT PICTURE! IT'S ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST THRILLING NAVY PICTURES EVER MADE! NO KIDDING! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annapolis See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The sculpture of an indian was the figurehead of USS Delaware which was burned in 1861 at the Gosport Navy Yard to prevent its capture by the Confederacy at the start of the Civil War. In 1868, the saved figurehead, officially titled Tamanend, Chief of the Delaware Indians, was transferred to the United States Naval Academy. In 1929 the sculpture was cast in bronze at the U.S. Naval Gun Factory, and presented by the Class of 1891. As Tamanend was a pacifist and friend to William Penn he did not inspire the midshipmen of the Academy, and they eventually named the figurehead Tecumseh after the Shawnee warrior chief and ally of the British, who was killed in the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812. To this day Midshipmen toss pennies at the monument for good luck in their examinations and Army-Navy football games. See more »

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During the discussion of military or 24 hour time James Steward said that midnight is 2400 hours but it is actually 0000 hours, the start of new day beginning at midnight, the last hour of the day would be 2359. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Scottish traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the Christmas Dance
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A fun and enlightening perspective on the USNA from the 1930's
6 July 2005 | by bschoultzSee all my reviews

This is a fun period piece for graduates, parents of current midshipmen or of Naval Academy graduates, or staff and faculty of the Naval Academy to get a look at the US Naval Academy of the 1930's. It's fun light piece which provides some interesting historical perspective on the USNA - to include the left hand salute to Tecumseh, the rooms in Bancroft Hall, the yard prior to much of the WW2 and post WW2 construction etc. The story is light but fun and is a reflection of the pre-WW2 America in which it was made. Also fun to see a very young Jimmy Stewart and Robert Young, and the "Good Witch" from the Wizard of Oz.


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