July 4 – Perfect Code Film Feature #4
Today’s highlighted film is Navy Blue and Gold from 1937. This is the story of three young men at Annapolis, one an enlisted sailor trying to become an officer, one a rich boy who loves the Navy, and one a cocky smart alec who sees Naval Academy as a free education. As they fight bullies, play football, and vie over the rich boy’s beautiful sister, they learn what it really means to be Navy. This film stars Robert Young, James Stewart, and Lionel Barrymore. It was directed by Sam Wood, produced by Sam Zimbalist, and released by MGM. This is a perfect Code film because it shows the glorious struggles of the young men who decide to become Naval officers, using their story to celebrate our Armed Forces, bolster patriotism, and teach the importance of teamwork. I like this movie because of its inspiring depiction of young men who are eager to defend our country’s freedom in times of war or peace. My favorite thing about it is the touching camaraderie between the men which is depicted by some of MGM’s finest actors.
Happy Independence Day!
As a special high-point of our month-long celebration in July, we are hosting a blogathon on the first weekend in July in honor of the formation of the PCA and the twenty wonderful years of decent cinema which followed during Joseph Breen’s tenure. It will be called The Favorite Code Film Blogathon. On July 5-7, participants will choose their single favorite Code films and write about why these movies from the era of film decency were so good. Please join!
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