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Navy Blues
     

Navy Blues

Director: Clarence Brown

Cast: William Haines, Anita Page, Karl Dane

 
MGM house director Clarence Brown's first all-talkie, this pleasantly innocuous comedy drama stars William Haines as Jack Kelly, a carefree sailor picking up innocent Alice Brown (Anita Page) at a Ladies' Uplift Society Dance. Their whirlwind romance, however, ends abruptly when the girl's mother (Edythe Chapman) throws the sailor out of her home because of his

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MGM house director Clarence Brown's first all-talkie, this pleasantly innocuous comedy drama stars William Haines as Jack Kelly, a carefree sailor picking up innocent Alice Brown (Anita Page) at a Ladies' Uplift Society Dance. Their whirlwind romance, however, ends abruptly when the girl's mother (Edythe Chapman) throws the sailor out of her home because of his profession. Alice, who has had enough of her mother's tyranny, follows him and, before shipping out, Jack helpfully secures her a room for the night by pawning her fox stole. Returning after a tour of duty, the chastened sailor finds his girl working as a taxi dancer and physically forces her to return to home and hearth. With her parents' wholehearted approval, Alice suggests that Jack marry her -- "a second time," as she fibs -- before a preacher.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
If nothing else, Navy Blues proves two things: that a little William Haines went a long way -- hence his lack of longevity in talkies -- and, despite oft-stated claims, comic sidekick Karl Dane did not suffer from an impenetrable Danish accent. Both performers, however, belonged squarely in Hollywood's old-guard by the early 1930s and were simply swept away by a flotilla of sharper, more street-smart performers arriving by the train loads from radio and Broadway. Navy Blues was originally released in December 1929 and survived with most of the caveats typical of the early talkie era.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2010
UPC:
0883316257661
Original Release:
1930
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:15:00
Sales rank:
56,777

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Performance Credits
William Haines Jack Kelly
Anita Page Alice Brown
Karl Dane Sven Swanson
J.C. Nugent Reginald Brown
Edythe Chapman Mrs. Brown
Wade Boteler CPO Higgins
Jack Pennick Kansas
Gertrude Sutton Hilda
Gino Corrado maitre’d
Maxine Hicks sweatshop worker
Mary Brian Actor

Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director
David Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Merritt B. Gerstad Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Elliott Nugent Screenwriter
J.C. Nugent Screenwriter
W.L. River Screenwriter
Raymond Schrock Original Story
Dale Van Every Screenwriter
Hugh Wynn Editor

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