The Spirit of Culver

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The Spirit of Culver
Directed by Joseph Santley
Produced by Burt Kelly
Written by Tom Buckingham, George Green, Clarence Marks (story)
Whitney Bolton, Nathanael West (screenplay)
Starring Jackie Cooper
Freddie Bartholomew
Music by Frank Skinner
Charles Henderson
Cinematography Elwood Bredell
Edited by Frank Gross
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 10, 1939 (1939-03-10)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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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