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The Navy Comes Through (1942)

Approved | | Drama, War | 30 October 1942 (USA)
A U.S. Navy crew aboard a merchant marine ship battle Nazis.

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Borden Chase (story "Pay To Learn"), Earl Baldwin (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Chief Michael 'Mike' Mallory
George Murphy ... Lt. Thomas L. 'Tom' Sands
Jane Wyatt ... Myra Mallory
Jackie Cooper ... Joe 'Babe' Duttson
Carl Esmond ... Richard 'Dutch' Kroner
Max Baer ... Coxswain G. Berringer
Desi Arnaz ... Pat Tarriba
Ray Collins ... Capt. McCall
Lee Bonnell Lee Bonnell ... Kovac
Frank Jenks ... Sampier
John McGuire ... James Bayless (as John Maguire)
Frank Fenton ... Hodum
Joey Ray Joey Ray ... James Dennis
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Lt. Cmdr. Murray - navy doctor
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A U.S. Navy crew aboard a merchant marine ship battle Nazis.

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Drama | War

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USA

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English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

30 October 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La marine triomphe See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie marked the first use of the new RKO radio signal trademark that spelled "VICTORY". The signal in previous films spelled out "RKO". See more »

Goofs

The court martial at the beginning of the movie is about an incident on the USS Bayonne. As reference is made to the "forward turret" and the name is that of a city, the referenced ship would have to be a cruiser. However, no cruiser or any other type of ship in the U.S. Navy was named Bayonne before the war. In 1943, during World War II, the USS Bayonne (PG-129 / PF-21) was constructed. It was originally classified as a gunboat (PG), but this was later changed to a frigate (PF). See more »

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Tales from the Vienna Woods
(1868)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played on a violin by Carl Esmond aboard ship
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Two Navy Guys With History
11 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Pat O'Brien and George Murphy play a couple of Navy guys with some bad history between them. When Murphy was an officer, O'Brien testified against him and got him busted out of the service. After Pearl Harbor Murphy enlists as an ordinary seaman and as it is in these films, he's assigned to O'Brien's gunnery crew. The two also have Jane Wyatt who is O'Brien's sister and who Murphy was going out with also as part of their history.

Which is assigned to a merchant marine ship to defend it from enemy attack. If you remember in Action In The North Atlantic such a Navy gun crew was assigned to Humphrey Bogart's and Raymond Massey's vessel in that film.

So far it's the normal run of World War II flag wavers, but after they're at sea, the plot goes totally off the charts. Jane Wyatt is a Navy nurse now and she's on the ship tending to the wounded. And a German speaking member of their crew gets a vital piece of information and has captain Ray Collins and O'Brien diverting the merchant vessel from its course on a mission all its own.

Other members of the cast and part of O'Brien's gun crew are eager kid Jackie Cooper, career Navy man Max Baer, Desi Arnaz who came up from Cuba to fight, Carl Esmond who was the German speaking man and a former musician, and Frank Jenks the obligatory guy from Brooklyn whose main concern is getting a radio transmission of the Dodgers game.

I can't go into the incredible ridiculousness of the plot except to say it involves our guys attempting to sabotage Admiral Doenitz's fleet of U=Boats all by themselves. You have to see it to believe it.

The Navy Comes Through with some interesting and colorful performances which is the main reason to see the film as well as some nice special effects from RKO which got an Academy Award nomination has not held up well over the years. Did the American movie-going public really buy this stuff even then?


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