The Navy Comes Through (1942)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - Combat Films  |   Release Date - Oct 27, 1942 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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A combat picture was virtually a license to print money in 1942, and RKO Radio's The Navy Comes Through was no exception (net profit: $542,000). Most of the film takes place on the ramshackle old merchant-marine freighter, skippered by Captain McCall (Ray Collins). The captain and his stalwart crew-the most stalwart of which are Mallory (Pat O'Brien), Sands (George Murphy), Babe (Jackie Cooper), Tarriba (Desi Arnaz) and Berringer (Max Baer Sr.)-keep busy by blowing Nazi bombers and U-boats to smithereens. The crewmen cap their accomplishments by capturing a Nazi supply ship and using it against its own navy. The easily forgettable romantic subplot concerns Sands' on-and-off relationship with Myra (Jane Wyatt). The Navy Comes Through was inspired by Borden Chase's serialized Saturday Evening Post story "Pay to Learn".

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war, battle [war], boating, merchant-marines, Nazism, officer, sailor, sea-battle, shipment, submarine