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Here Comes the Navy

Released Jul 21, 1934 1h 26m Comedy Drama List
83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 36% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
After Chesty O'Connor (James Cagney), a pugnacious shipyard worker, loses a girl to a dapper sailor named Biff Martin (Pat O'Brien), he impetuously decides to join the navy to pursue his grudge. Struggling with the navy's idea of discipline, Chesty soon makes a long list of enemies, but unexpectedly finds a friend in Biff's pretty sister, Dorothy (Gloria Stuart). But Biff is understandably suspicious of his intentions, so Chesty will have to prove his worth with some considerable panache. Read More Read Less

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Otis Ferguson The New Republic The saving business of the picture is the give-and-take as between Cagney and O'Brien, who do not so much act parts as make them. Jan 22, 2024 Full Review Frank S. Nugent New York Times A fast-moving comedy enriched by an authentic naval setting. Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 31, 2012 Full Review Variety Staff Variety It's light on story, and because of that it borders on being an elaborate newsreel. Jan 31, 2012 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine The result is that, while the story itself is purely mechanical, the actual mechanics manage to be pretty exciting. Oct 2, 2019 Full Review TV Guide [A] fast-moving, wisecracking sailors-at-sea story. Rated: 3/4 Jan 31, 2012 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Nominated for best picture Oscar, this is the first film James Cagney, in a Navy uniform, made after the introduction of the Code and his first appearance with frequent co-star Pat O'Brien Rated: B- Mar 17, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Jimmy Cagney is a high metal man who gets into a brawl with Naval Petty Officer Pat O'Brien. In pursuit of his grudge, Cagney joins the Navy, where he is a self-centered guy, but makes friends with Frank McHugh. He also charms Gloria Stuart, who tries to civilize him. She turns out to be O'Brien's sister. In other words, same old same old when it comes to plot, just the sort of movie that William Haines started in for Metro in the 1920s; Cagney is a low-class guy, although just as cocky as Haines ever was. He's in high-energy mode here, and Naval cooperation gives this one some documentary interest. Cagney, O'Brien and McHugh are assigned to the USS Arizona, and there's ample footage of that ship, now under the waves at Pearl Harbor. Later, Cagney is assigned to the USS Macon, one of the two largest dirigibles commissioned by the Navy. The year after this movie was made, the airship crashed into the Pacific, with the loss of two men. Although this is pretty much a standard movie, its production values are first-rate, and alloys Bacon gets good performances out of his actors. Arthur Edeson's cinematography and his views of the Macon and her hangar are lovely. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review steve d A lame story-less mess. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Here comes a disaster of a movie. From naval propaganda, bad jokes, bad acting, bad plot, bad script....the whole thing stunk. I fell asleep at the end it was so bad. From blackface (common in movies from that time), misogyny (the girl not wanting to get intimate), to losing count on the number of fist fights. The whole terrible premise is around 2 guys who don't like each other, so the one enlists in the Navy to try and settle the score with the Navy officer. Affectionately and ridic called "Chesty," then starts to date the officer's sister and get into trouble on boat. As tensions mount, Chesty decides to leave and join the air force, but not before becoming a hero on ship and earning the Navy Cross with no scars from a fire (ridic). Then he saves the day again in the airforce by saving the idiot officer who decides to hang on a rope of an airlifting blimp for whatever reason. The whole thing is preposterous. If I have to sit thru one more best picture nomination that is just more wartime propaganda im going to throw up. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Lazily thrown together and clearly made purely to earn a quick buck during the Great Depression there is a real lack of heart behind this film as although James Cagney lights up the screen he can do little with a weak screenplay. This was the first film he made after the introduction of the Motion Picture Production Code and with the new restrictions there is none of the devilish exuberance of The Public Enemy (1931). It was a painful experience to watch such a powerful performer be neutered by new administration and it is hard to see how this trash could have come out at the same time as a wonderful film like It Happened One Night (1934). There was no humor or romance to the film and so it ended up being a series of ‘cute' scenes in search of a plot. Take one scene in which Cagney chases around a young Gloria Stuart, playing his love interest, and the two attempt to build up witty banter. Their dynamic seemed similar to that which would exist between John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in The Quiet Man (1952) but Cagney and Stuart did not have their chemistry and there was not a moment or a single line of dialogue that felt authentic. Their relationship should have been the emotional heart of the film and it should have provided a bit of a laugh as the two fight while hiding their attraction but it failed on both accounts. Perhaps we needed more time with them as they seem to jump wildly between scenes from hating one another to being totally in love. It felt like scenes in between had been cut or just never written as the filmmakers expected us to fill in the blanks and care about the characters without them doing any of the work to make us care. I enjoy movie romances, as preposterous as they can get, but this one just never worked for me and that left me not caring about what happened in the rest of the film. The cinematography was unremarkable as the film looked like most of this era and was oddly gloomy for a film so light in tone. In terms of technical construction director Lloyd Bacon really could have done more to make the film stand out but as it is the film is forgotten by the wider public while Cagney's better vehicles remain beloved. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review david l Here Comes the Navy is weakly directed and focusing on many navy scenes which are less interesting than the romantic ones, but still its inherent charm carried it through to a solid status as it's a very enjoyable flick with likable characters and a charismatic performance from James Cagney. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Taking into consideration the period that this film was shot in, this movie is surprisingly effective. Cagney plays rough-around-the-edges, blue-collar joe turned naval officer 'Chesty O Conner' bent on exacting revenge on snooty, stoic commanding officer Pat O'Brien after a ballroom brawl. The banter between Cagney and O'Brien is surprisingly fresh and creative. Unfortunately--and my one criticism of the film--Chesty never quite becomes the officer and gentleman we hope we will mature into. Still, Cagney--who could sing, dance and act (and do all three quite well I might add)--gives a great performance nonetheless. It's worth a watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After Chesty O'Connor (James Cagney), a pugnacious shipyard worker, loses a girl to a dapper sailor named Biff Martin (Pat O'Brien), he impetuously decides to join the navy to pursue his grudge. Struggling with the navy's idea of discipline, Chesty soon makes a long list of enemies, but unexpectedly finds a friend in Biff's pretty sister, Dorothy (Gloria Stuart). But Biff is understandably suspicious of his intentions, so Chesty will have to prove his worth with some considerable panache.
Director
Lloyd Bacon
Producer
Louis F. Edelman
Distributor
Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 21, 1934, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 20, 2016
Runtime
1h 26m
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