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True to the Navy (1930) (Silent); True to the Navy (1930) (Sound)

True to the Navy (1930)
January 18, 2013 - 7:30 pm
David Stenn, author of "Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild."

Directed by Frank Tuttle

A soda fountain counter girl, Ruby (Bow) puts a twist to the old cliche about sailors, girls and ports: She's caught the eye of every sailor in one port. Ruby's innocent flirtations keep a steady flow of love struck customers coming into the shop, but when the Navy boys get wise to the set up, they plot revenge. Their opportunity arises when Ruby falls sincerely head over heels for the Navy's biggest ladykiller, Bull's Eye McCoy (March). If the plot sounds slight, it’s because producer Budd Schulberg greenlit True to the Navy based on the song of the same name which Bow performed in Paramount on Parade, earlier in the year. Despite the fact that the sound version of True to the Navy was inspired by Bow’s singing—and features Bow performing "There's Only One (Who Matters to Me),"—Paramount released a silent version for foreign markets without any soundtrack at all. Restored by the Library of Congress in 2000, the silent version of True to the Navy was cut from second-camera takes shot for the sound version, but stands surprisingly on its own.

Paramount Publix Corp. Screenwriter: Keene Thompson, Doris Anderson. Cinematographer: Victor Milner. Editor: Doris Drought. Cast: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Harry Green, Rex Bell, Eddie Fetherston. 

35mm, b/w, 71 min (Silent version), 79 min (Full sound version).

Musical accompaniment for silent version provided by Robert Israel.

Please note: The silent version will be shown first. 

Watch Clara Bow perfrom "True to the Navy" from Paramount on Parade below.