Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Navy Comes Through (1942)

Director: A. Edward Sutherland

Writers: Borden Chase, Earl Baldwin, John Twist, Roy Chanslor, Aeneas MacKenzie

Composer: Roy Webb

Starring: Pat O'Brien, George Murphy, Jane Wyatt, Jackie Cooper, Carl Esmond, Max Baer, Desi Arnaz, Ray Collins

More info: IMDb

Tagline: We've just begun to fight!

Plot: A U.S. Navy crew aboard a merchant marine ship gives the Nazis what fer.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I probably won't understand why Pat O'Brien was a big star.  He's always so laid back and wooden.  He's great when he's a compassionate priest or something of the ilk but when it comes to taking charge and getting into some action business, he's just stiff.  Despite that, this picture is rather entertaining.  It's got a wild story that has our fightin' boys capturing a Nazi sub and using it to blow up other Nazi subs.  It's crazy but it works.  At about 80 minutes, there's enough time to get in and out of it before it overstays its welcome.  O'Brien in the lead doesn't help and it does have what you'd expect from a pure propaganda driven flick but then there are also a few lines that had me in stitches.  They were throwaway lines that felt genuine, the kind of thing you'd see in real life.  Desi Arnaz and Jackie Cooper add to the fun.  I'd recommend it but keep your expectations lower.  It's no wartime classic but it does provide some entertainment.

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