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Navy Blue and Gold Details


MGM's Navy Blue and Gold prettily dresses up some of the oldest cliches in the "military cadet" movie genre. The film charts the progress of three Annapolis "plebes," all played by actors in the age range of 24 to 30. Wisecracking Roger Ash (Robert Young) is a cynic, wide-eyed Richard Gates Jr. (Tom Brown) is overeager), and reclusive Truck Cross (James Stewart) harbors a dark secret. When not going about their appointed duties, Ash and Cross battle over the attentions of heroine Patricia (Florence Rice), Gates' sister. All the while, Captain Skinny Dawes (Lionel Barrymore), the traditional crusty old seafarin' man with a heart of gold, tries to instill the love of Honor, Duty and Country in all three heroes. The plot is resolved in a climactic football game, with everyone showing his true colors (blue and gold, of course!) Many of the plot devices and stereotypical characters in Navy Blue and Gold would continue to resurface in similar films for the next five decades -- even in the R-rated Lionel Barrymore (1980). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Robert Young
as Roger Ash
James Stewart
as John "Truck" Cross
Florence Rice
as Patricia Gates
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Alyce Gates
Lionel Barrymore
as Capt. "Skinny" Dawes
Tom Brown
as Richard Arnold Gates, Jr.
Samuel S. Hinds
as Richard A. Gates, Sr.
Paul Kelly
as Tommy Milton
Barnett Parker
as Albert Graves
Frank Albertson
as Weeks
Minor Watson
as Lt. Milburn
Robert Middlemass
as Academy Superintendant
Phillip Terry
as Kelly
Pat Flaherty
as Coach of Southern Institute
Matt McHugh
as Heckler
Ted Pearson
as Harnet
Don "Red" Barry
as Fellow Back
Walter Soderling
as Dr. Ryder
Robert Hoover
as Parr
Donald Douglas
as Lt. North
Dennis Morgan
as Lieutenant of Marines
Jack Pennick
as Fireman
John Hiestand
as Commentator


Sam Wood
Sam Zimbalist
George Bruce
Book Author
George Bruce
John F. Seitz
Edward Ward
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Urie McCleary
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Dolly Tree
Costume Designer