Here Comes the Navy

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Here Comes the Navy
Here Comes the Navy poster.jpg
Original movie poster
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Earl Baldwin
Ben Markson
Starring James Cagney
Pat O'Brien
Gloria Stuart
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Cinematography Arthur Edeson
Edited by George Amy
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • July 21, 1934 (1934-07-21)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Here Comes the Navy is a 1934 American romantic comedy film starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Gloria Stuart and Frank McHugh. The movie was written by Earl Baldwin and Ben Markson, and directed by Lloyd Bacon.


O'Conner (Cagney) joins the US Navy to annoy Chief Petty Officer Biff Martin (O'Brien). Comic relief is played by O'Conner best friend "Droopy" (McHugh). O'Conner gets himself court-martialed for being AWOL while visiting Martin's sister Dorothy Martin (Stuart). During gunnery practice O'Conner helps put out a fire in a gun room and receives the Navy Cross medal. Later O'Conner transfers to the US Naval air service and is assigned to Macon. When the Macon tries to dock, Martin is accidentally caught on a guide rope and is hoisted into the air; despite orders, Cagney climbs down the rope and saves Martin's life by parachuting both of them to the ground. Later at the wedding of O'Conner to Dorothy, Martin finds that O'Conner is promoted to Boatswain and outranks him.

James Cagney with Gloria Stuart, who was Oscar-nominated sixty-three years later for another nautical epic, Titanic (1997).

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Of historical interest is that a portion of the filming took place aboard the battleship Arizona, which was sunk by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. Further, portions of the film also include shots of the dirigible Macon, a year before the accident that destroyed the dirigible with the loss of two crew.

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