|NAVY BLUE AND GOLD (director: Sam Wood; screenwriter: story by George Bruce/George Bruce; cinematographer: ohn Seitz; editor: Robert J. Kern; music: Edward Ward; cast: James Stewart (John Tuck Cross), Robert Young (Roger Ash), Tom Brown (Richard Gates Jr.), Lionel Barrymore (Capt. Skinny Dawes), Samuel S. Hinds (Richard A. Gates, Sr.), Florence Rice (Patricia Gates), Billie Burke (Mrs. Alyce Gates), Paul Kelly (Tommy Milton), Frank Albertson (Weeks), Red Barry (Mason), Paul Barrett (Classmate), Barnett Parker (Graves, butler); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sam Zimbalist ; Warner Home Video; 1937)|
|"If you like
to see old-time football, where the players
wear leather helmets, this one scores a TD."
by Dennis Schwartz
but cliched movie about the travails of playing
football at the Naval Academy. It tells the story of a
Naval cadet who overcomes his dark secret of shame.
Though the George Bruce story is hardly fresh
material, the film is competently helmed by Sam Wood ("Kings
Road"/"Kitty Foyle"/"A Night at the Opera") and the
production values are excellent. If you like to see
old-time football, where the players wear leather
helmets, this one scores a TD.
young men from different backgrounds are roommates as
plebes at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Richard
Gates (Tom Brown) is the scion of
a wealthy family; John "Truck" Cross (James
Stewart) is a mysterious and reclusive enlisted man
in the Navy; Roger Ash (Robert Young) is a cynical,
cocky and rebellious kid with an irreverent
attitude, who played football at Southern Institute.
roommates all play plebe football. During the winter
recess, Dick invites them to visit his family's estate
for dinner. This results in Roger and Tuck vying for
the affections of Dick's attractive sister Patricia (Florence
Dawes *Lionel Barrymore), a
crusty Naval Academy graduate and a long-time fixture
at the school, becomes a father figure to the trio by
mentoring and helping them handle their problems.
would expect the climax is at the football game with
Army, whereby the trio are now upper-class-men on the
varsity. Star player Tuck awaits word if he will be
bounced for lying during admission when he registered
under an assumed name. The reason he did so
was because he was anxious to clear the name of
his father, who was dishonorably discharged from
Annapolis, and didn't want to risk being
rejected for that reason.
You don't have to be a professional gambler to handicap who wins the Army-Navy game.
REVIEWED ON 5/21/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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