Navy Blue and Gold

Navy Blue and Gold

Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Robert Young, James Stewart, Florence Rice

     
 
MGM's Navy Blue and Gold prettily dresses up some of the oldest cliches in the "military cadet" movie genre. The film charts the progress of three Annapolis "plebes," all played by actors in the age range of 24 to 30. Wisecracking Roger Ash (Robert Young) is a cynic, wide-eyed Richard Gates Jr. (Tom Brown) is overeager), and reclusive Truck Cross (

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MGM's Navy Blue and Gold prettily dresses up some of the oldest cliches in the "military cadet" movie genre. The film charts the progress of three Annapolis "plebes," all played by actors in the age range of 24 to 30. Wisecracking Roger Ash (Robert Young) is a cynic, wide-eyed Richard Gates Jr. (Tom Brown) is overeager), and reclusive Truck Cross (James Stewart) harbors a dark secret. When not going about their appointed duties, Ash and Cross battle over the attentions of heroine Patricia (Florence Rice), Gates' sister. All the while, Captain Skinny Dawes (Lionel Barrymore), the traditional crusty old seafarin' man with a heart of gold, tries to instill the love of Honor, Duty and Country in all three heroes. The plot is resolved in a climactic football game, with everyone showing his true colors (blue and gold, of course!) Many of the plot devices and stereotypical characters in Navy Blue and Gold would continue to resurface in similar films for the next five decades -- even in the R-rated Officer and a Gentleman (1980).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Even in 1937, the story of Navy Blue and Gold was not exactly fresh; in the decades since then, it has become downright clichéd. As such, there's little to the basic plot that is going to engage most viewers today. We know the character types, we know the complications that the plot will throw at them, and we know more or less how they will triumph in the end. We even know how things are going to turn out with the ailing Captain whose health seems to depend upon a victory over Army in the big football game. Fortunately, Navy has Robert Young and Jimmy Stewart, as well as Lionel Barrymore, around to keep us interested when the script fails. (It also has Tom Brown as the third young cadet, but Brown is merely pleasant, not memorable.) Young could play this kind of role in his sleep, but he brings conviction to the part and pulls a few small acting surprises to keep us interested. Stewart, early in his career here, is great fun to watch, as sincere and honorable as one could wish but with a certain hint of rawness that makes him all the more watchable. And, of course, no one could play Lionel Barrymore better than Lionel Barrymore. Throw in some fine support in small roles and let director Sam Wood take advantage of his predilection for sports and for heightened drama, and the result is a film with a trite story that still can be recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2012
UPC:
0883316452257
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
38,628

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Young Roger Ash
James Stewart John "Truck" Cross
Florence Rice Patricia Gates
Billie Burke Mrs. Alyce Gates
Lionel Barrymore Capt. "Skinny" Dawes
Tom Brown Richard Arnold Gates, Jr.
Samuel S. Hinds Richard A. Gates, Sr.
Paul Kelly Tommy Milton
Barnett Parker Albert Graves
Frank Albertson Weeks
Minor Watson Lt. Milburn
Robert Middlemass Academy Superintendant
Phillip Terry Kelly
Pat Flaherty Coach of Southern Institute
Matt McHugh Heckler
Ted Pearson Harnet
Paul Barrett Actor
Don "Red" Barry Fellow Back
Roger Converse Size Inspector
Donald Douglas Lt. North
Tom Hanlon Actor
Eddie Hart Official
John Hiestand Commentator
Robert Hoover Parr
Will Morgan Classman
Jack Pennick Fireman
Walter Soderling Dr. Ryder
Katharine Stevens Actor
Dennis Morgan Lieutenant of Marines
Charles Waldron Commander Carter

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
George Bruce Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
John Hoffman Special Effects
Robert J. Kern Editor
Urie McCleary Art Director
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Ward Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Sam Zimbalist Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Navy Blue and Gold
1. Chapter 1 [1:30]
2. Chapter 2 [3:14]
3. Chapter 3 [2:15]
4. Chapter 4 [3:05]
5. Chapter 5 [5:04]
6. Chapter 6 [2:12]
7. Chapter 7 [5:03]
8. Chapter 8 [3:25]
9. Chapter 9 [2:45]
10. Chapter 10 [7:46]
11. Chapter 11 [2:07]
12. Chapter 12 [3:23]
13. Chapter 13 [2:26]
14. Chapter 14 [4:34]
15. Chapter 15 [6:25]
16. Chapter 16 [2:13]
17. Chapter 17 [3:02]
18. Chapter 18 [4:29]
19. Chapter 19 [2:26]
20. Chapter 20 [5:25]
21. Chapter 21 [3:04]
22. Chapter 22 [2:05]
23. Chapter 23 [2:33]
24. Chapter 24 [2:09]
25. Chapter 25 [2:49]
26. Chapter 26 [2:35]
27. Chapter 27 [2:46]
28. Chapter 28 [2:09]
29. Chapter 29 [:41]

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