The Spirit of Culver

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The Spirit of Culver
Directed byJoseph Santley
Produced byBurt Kelly
Written byTom Buckingham, George Green, Clarence Marks (story)
Whitney Bolton, Nathanael West (screenplay)
StarringJackie Cooper
Freddie Bartholomew
Music byFrank Skinner
Charles Henderson
CinematographyElwood Bredell
Edited byFrank Gross
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 10, 1939 (1939-03-10)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Spirit of Culver is a 1939 drama starring Jackie Cooper and Freddie Bartholomew. Directed by Joseph Santley and written by Whitney Bolton and Nathanael West, the film is a remake of 1932's Tom Brown of Culver.


Tom Allen (Cooper), the son of a decorated war hero who is feared to have died in battle, wins a scholarship to the Culver military academy. His arrogance and unwillingness to comply with the academy's strict rules soon gets him in trouble, but through the help of his roommate he gets by.



Filming took place partly at Culver Military Academy. Tim Holt had been a student there.[1]


  1. ^ COMINGS AND GOINGS.... NEWS OF STAGE AND SCREEN: Culver Opus Given Expert Supervision Gen. Gignilliat, Head of Academy, Handling Technique Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 19 Feb 1939: C3.

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