Navy Blue And Gold A Story Of The Naval Academy By George Bruce 1936
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Navy Blue and Gold A story of the Naval Academy by George Bruce; Grosset & Dunlap publishers, New YOrk; Copyright 1936 by George Bruce; 311 pages
Navy Blue & Gold was made into a movie in 1937. The following review should suffice: "All American Film by Cynthia Brideson January 9,2011: This film, along with "A Yank at Oxford" and "A Yank at Eton," is an excellent example of the heart warming, patriotic films that became so popular in the Depression-WWII era. Centering on three buddies at a Naval academy, the film fosters the ideals of loyalty both to one's friends and one's country. The three main characters are all likable: Robert Young as the confident, amiable athlete, James Stewart in the type of role he made his own: the shy, working class everyman, and Samuel Hinds as a naive, unaffected young man of wealth. Though they seemingly have no similarties, they are bonded together by virtue of being freshmen and together, they ward off the practical jokes the upper classmen try to set up for them. Especially enjoyable are not only the scenes at the Naval academy but at the lovely society home of Samuel Hine's character. The scene between James Stewart and Samuel's sister in the film is particularly sweet. James Stewart gives his classic "Ah, shucks" type of performance, which makes him even more endearing to the girl who's sweet on him. James Stewart, all in all, is the scene stealer in this film. He's especially effective in a rousing scene when he defends his father, who was dishonorably discharged from the Navy. His speech is like a foreshadowing of the type of power he would later bring to the filibuster scene in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." The supporting cast is delightful in the film as well. Lionel Barrymore as a football coach and the lovely and always hilarious Billie Burke as Samuel Hind's flighty mother round out a satisfying, pleasant picture that takes viewers back to a proud and sincere America.