Shipmates Forever (1935)

108-109 mins | Drama | 12 October 1935

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writer:

Delmer Daves

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

William Holmes

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working titles were Dress Parade , Classmates and Anchors Aweigh . A dedication on screen honors the officers and midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy. NYT and Var both erroneously call Eddie Acuff's character "Slim." According to NYT , the picture was filmed largely at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD and the Navy department loaned the production an officer and two midshipmen to act as advisers. News items in DV note that arrangements were made to broadcast the Hollywood Hotel radio program (on which Dick Powell appeared) from the location. According to modern sources, another working title of the film was Navy Sweethearts . Modern sources credit Bobby Connolly with choreography and add Madeline Borzage to the ... More Less

The film's working titles were Dress Parade , Classmates and Anchors Aweigh . A dedication on screen honors the officers and midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy. NYT and Var both erroneously call Eddie Acuff's character "Slim." According to NYT , the picture was filmed largely at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD and the Navy department loaned the production an officer and two midshipmen to act as advisers. News items in DV note that arrangements were made to broadcast the Hollywood Hotel radio program (on which Dick Powell appeared) from the location. According to modern sources, another working title of the film was Navy Sweethearts . Modern sources credit Bobby Connolly with choreography and add Madeline Borzage to the cast. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 May 35
p. 2.
Daily Variety
18 May 35
p. 3.
Daily Variety
1 Jun 35
p. 1.
Daily Variety
10 Jun 35
p. 2.
Daily Variety
1 Aug 35
p. 3.
Daily Variety
17 Sep 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Oct 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 35
p. 6.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Sep 31
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Jul 35
p. 57.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Sep 35
p. 246.
New York Times
17 Oct 35
p. 29.
Variety
23 Oct 35
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Cosmopolitan Production; A First National Picture; A Frank Borzage Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
SOURCES
SONGS
"I'd Love to Take Orders from You," "Don't Give Up the Ship" and "I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
"Abdul Abulbul Emir," music and lyrics by Frank Crumit.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Classmates
Dress Parade
Anchors Aweigh
Release Date:
12 October 1935
Production Date:
ended 1 August 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 October 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5867
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
108-109
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1177
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Richard John Melville III and June Blackburn meet during a naval review in New York Harbor. Each comes from a Navy family, but Dick wants to be a singer and June, having seen her father and brother die in the war, has sworn never to marry a Navy man. Dick's father, the retiring admiral of the fleet, is leaving to be superintendent of the United States Naval Academy and his dearest wish is that Dick will enroll there as a midshipman. Dick is determined not to, but when Admiral Melville accuses him of being afraid of failing the entrance exams, Dick takes the tests and passes. Ruth returns to Annapolis where she is a dance teacher and Dick accepts his appointment to the Academy to be near her. Dick is placed in a room with three other recruits: Sparks Brown, a radio operator from the South; Johnny Lawrence, known as Coxswain, a recruit from the navy ranks; and Cowboy, from the West. All the new recruits meet with hazing from the upperclassmen, but Dick, because of his father and his fame as a singer, is a special target of friendly teasing. Dick decides to leave the hated Academy until Ruth encourages him to finish what he started. Academically, he is at the head of his class, but he makes no friends. The admiral worries about Dick's limited social life, as one of the goals of the Academy is to create bonds between the midshipmen. After Ruth moves to New York to become a professional dancer and Coxswain flunks out of school, Dick is more alone than ever. During the class's final ... +


Richard John Melville III and June Blackburn meet during a naval review in New York Harbor. Each comes from a Navy family, but Dick wants to be a singer and June, having seen her father and brother die in the war, has sworn never to marry a Navy man. Dick's father, the retiring admiral of the fleet, is leaving to be superintendent of the United States Naval Academy and his dearest wish is that Dick will enroll there as a midshipman. Dick is determined not to, but when Admiral Melville accuses him of being afraid of failing the entrance exams, Dick takes the tests and passes. Ruth returns to Annapolis where she is a dance teacher and Dick accepts his appointment to the Academy to be near her. Dick is placed in a room with three other recruits: Sparks Brown, a radio operator from the South; Johnny Lawrence, known as Coxswain, a recruit from the navy ranks; and Cowboy, from the West. All the new recruits meet with hazing from the upperclassmen, but Dick, because of his father and his fame as a singer, is a special target of friendly teasing. Dick decides to leave the hated Academy until Ruth encourages him to finish what he started. Academically, he is at the head of his class, but he makes no friends. The admiral worries about Dick's limited social life, as one of the goals of the Academy is to create bonds between the midshipmen. After Ruth moves to New York to become a professional dancer and Coxswain flunks out of school, Dick is more alone than ever. During the class's final cruise, Coxswain is one of the ship's crew and proudly informs his former roommates that he has been reaccepted to the Academy. His patriotism and love of the Navy is embarrassing to Dick, who still plans to resign his commission at the end of his schooling. During a routine practice with the guns, one of the boilers blows up. Coxswain tries to shut off the leads and is overcome by the steam. Although Dick tries to save him, both men are badly burned and Coxswain dies. When he recovers from his injuries, Dick is greeted enthusiastically by the other men. Now he proudly plans to be a Navy man. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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