Sweetheart of the Navy (June 8, 1937)
Released on June 8, 1937: Cecilia Parker is Joan Whitney, nightclub singer and Sweetheart of the Navy.
Directed by W. Duncan Mansfield
Written by Garret Graham, Jay Strauss and Carroll Graham.
The Actors: Eric Linden (Eddie Harris), Cecilia Parker (Joan Whitney), Roger Imhof (Commander Lodge), Bernadene Hayes (Mazie), Don Barclay (Pete), Etta McDaniel (Lily the cook), Reed Howes (Andrews), Eddy Waller (Krump), Jason Robards Sr. (Bumper Martin), Cully Richards (Andy), John T. Murray (Carson), Art Miles (Jack), Henry Roquemore (Jones), Fred Murray (Henry), Vince Carroll (Steve), Benny Burt (Fitch), George Chesebro (sailor), Kit Guard (sailor), Harry Strang (sailor), Ray Teal (orchestra leader).
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Non Sibi Sed Patriae!
When I graduated high school the Vietnam War was raging, and when my high school principal brought me into her office for a chat, I told her that I was planning on joining the Navy with my high school buddy Bill Saxman. The principal advised me to go to college instead to become a pastor like my dad was, and I agreed. When I was 18 I had no passion and no direction for the future, so I rode life like a balloon without a string, going wherever the next wind blew. I still see Bill once in a while, and I often wonder how my life might have been different if I had joined the Navy with him back in 1969. As it turns out I did discover a few years later that being pastor of a church was definitely not my passion, and I had grown enough courage to turn away from the advice that everyone was giving me and walk down my own path. Looking back, I can understand the thoughts of my friends and relatives that believe that my life has not been well spent, but while I recognize the many wrong turns that I have made, I wouldn't change even one of them if I could. I absolutely love who I am today and am excited every morning to get out of bed to follow my passion for one more day. And I believe that my plethora of past mistakes have brought me to this day, and any change in that path might have taken me to a much different 'today.' . . . . But I still have a tug in my heart for the Navy, and the men who have served so valiantly on the world seas. In this romantic comedy we find beautiful blonde Cecilia Parker playing the part of Joan Whitney, singer in a nightclub just opening up as the fleet is coming in. Creditors are clamoring for money before she opens, and she discovers that the owner of the place has skipped town leaving her with all of the bills. She imagines all sorts of wealth as the sailors crowd the nightclub and spend all of their accumulated money, and gets the creditors to hold off for a day or two, but the sailors with money go elsewhere, and the cash registers remain empty. A couple of her Navy fans hatch a plot to have the toughest guy in the Navy fight with a new young yeoman and with smart wagering will get enough money to help the gal out of her bind. Of course, the path to 'happily ever after' is as funny as it is harrowing, but the Sweetheart of the Navy gets not only the money to pay off the creditors, but finds the love of her life. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Cecilia Parker as Joan Whitney, Sweetheart of the Navy
Art Miles and Bernadene Hayes in Sweetheart of the Navy
Art Miles and Cully Richards
Art Miles as Jack, bouncer at the nightclub
Barnadene Hayes interrupts Jasson Robards Sr. as he tries to make love to Cecilia Parker
Bernadene Hayes as Mazie in Sweetheart of the Navy
Cecilia Parker and her nightclub bouncer Art Miles
Cecilia Parker and Bernadene Hayes in Sweetheart of the Navy
Cecilia Parker tells Eric Linden that she has been using him to con him into fighting Bumper, the Navy tough guy
Cecilia Parker as Joan Whitney in Sweetheart of the Navy
Cecilia Parker sings a song in Sweetheart of the Navy
Cully Richards and Bernadene Hayes in the kitchen
Cully Richards and Jason Robards Sr. decide to fight each other
Cully Richards as seaman Andy
Eric Linden and Cecilia Parker in Sweetheart of the Navy
Eric Linden as yeoman Eddie Harris in Sweetheart of the Navy
Eric Linden faces Jason Robards Sr. in Sweetheart of the Navy
Eric Linden knocks Andy out cold in the boxing ring
Eric Linden plays piano as Cecilia Parker sings
Etta McDaniel as Lily the drinking cook
Etta McDaniel in Sweetheart of the Navy
Etta McDaniel serves dinner for Cecilia Parker and Roger Imhof
Jason Robards Sr. flirts with Cecilia Parker
Jason Robards Sr. orders a beer at the bar
Jason Robards Sr. tries to flirt with Cecilia Parker
Ray Teal leads the orchestra
Roger Imhof and Eric Linden
Roger Imhof in Sweetheart of the Navy
Roger Imhof as Naval Commander Lodge in Sweetheart of the Navy