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Var reviewed the film twice, first, on 21 Aug 1929 following the picture's Los Angeles opening, then on 9 Oct 1929, just after it opened in New York. Both reviews, which were positive, listed the running time as 83 min. Although the 9 Oct Var review noted that portions of Salute were filmed on location at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the 16 Aug 1929 LAT review indicated that only atmospheric backgrounds were shot there.
       As noted in the 21 Aug Var review, the picture marked the motion picture debut of former USC football player Ward Bond (1903--1960). When Bond, who appeared in hundreds of films through the 1950s, died, he was the star of the popular television series Wagon Train . Salute also featured John Wayne, another former USC football player and lifelong friend of Bond, as another football ... More Less

Var reviewed the film twice, first, on 21 Aug 1929 following the picture's Los Angeles opening, then on 9 Oct 1929, just after it opened in New York. Both reviews, which were positive, listed the running time as 83 min. Although the 9 Oct Var review noted that portions of Salute were filmed on location at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the 16 Aug 1929 LAT review indicated that only atmospheric backgrounds were shot there.
       As noted in the 21 Aug Var review, the picture marked the motion picture debut of former USC football player Ward Bond (1903--1960). When Bond, who appeared in hundreds of films through the 1950s, died, he was the star of the popular television series Wagon Train . Salute also featured John Wayne, another former USC football player and lifelong friend of Bond, as another football player. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
22 Oct 1929
p. 41.
Film Daily
6 Oct 1929.
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Los Angeles Times
16 Aug 1929
p. A11.
New York Times
5 Oct 1929
p. 22.
Variety
21 Aug 1929
p. 18.
Variety
9 Oct 1929
p. 38.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 September 1929
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 15 August 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 August 1929
Copyright Number:
LP624
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,610
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The traditional service rivalry between West Point and Annapolis is typified by two patriarchs, Major General Somers and Rear Admiral Randall, who happen to be the grandfathers of the Randall boys: John, a cadet and ballplayer for the Army, and Paul, who is on his way to the Naval Academy. He arrives at Annapolis and falls prey to the traditional hazing and then some. Midshipman Albert Edward Price adds to his misery, subjecting him to the rigors of initiation, and Paul despondently leaves school, but his desertion is reversed by the pleadings of Helen Chandler, his sweetheart. At the pre-game dance, John pays court to Helen in order to spur his brother to a greater appreciation, and the trickery works only too well; Paul is inspired to get into the game and scores the tying ... +


The traditional service rivalry between West Point and Annapolis is typified by two patriarchs, Major General Somers and Rear Admiral Randall, who happen to be the grandfathers of the Randall boys: John, a cadet and ballplayer for the Army, and Paul, who is on his way to the Naval Academy. He arrives at Annapolis and falls prey to the traditional hazing and then some. Midshipman Albert Edward Price adds to his misery, subjecting him to the rigors of initiation, and Paul despondently leaves school, but his desertion is reversed by the pleadings of Helen Chandler, his sweetheart. At the pre-game dance, John pays court to Helen in order to spur his brother to a greater appreciation, and the trickery works only too well; Paul is inspired to get into the game and scores the tying touchdown. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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