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Navy Secrets (1939)
Topic Started: Mar 24 2016, 04:45 AM (157 Views)
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Navy Secrets (1939) Dir. Howard Bretherton

Attempting to deliver some rare stamps for a shipmate, CPO Grant Withers apparently stumbles into a den of foreign spies. Which side is the shipmate's mysterious girlfriend, Fay Wray, on?

Fairly abysmal Pre-War "thriller" without thrills; the movie is filled with men with foreign accents sitting around looking extremely glum in nightclubs where Navy personnel frequent; they'd have been corralled in seconds flat by the FBI. Even the MGM Crime Reporter would've spotted THESE mooks. As for me, I spent the whole hour wondering what the hell happened to Fay Wray's career.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Out nightclubbing, Grant discovers he's run short of cash so Fay loans him some.
Grant: "Ten dollars! Gee, I didn't know girls carried that much money!"

There's no action in the film (well, a couple of guys get socked inna puss, but it happens fast) and no humor, except for a long scene where our two stars (such as they were in 1939, we'd better use the term loosely) are trying to neck on a park bench and a kid on a bike keeps interrupting them. The way the sequence is shot and played, it's actual the only suspense and drama in the whole picture.

The thing's a stinker, but I discovered something: I watched the first third (Alpha DVD) on my regular TV, and it looked average for Alpha, which is lousy for anyone else; then I moved over to my computer, smaller screen, and it looked better; then I watched the last 15 min. on my smartphone, and the picture looked much better. Watch Alpha discs small is the lesson to be learned, my friends.

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No offense, LG, but that will be the day I watch a movie on a smartphone.



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Size doesn't matter in this case. I acquired a near mint 16mm print of this film and saw it for the first time projected on a eight-foot screen. Razor-sharp image and crystal-clear sound. Didn't mean a thing. The first screening was also the last. I sold the print as fast as I could. Fortunately, in the early '90s, you could still get rid of rare Monograms pretty easily.
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Yes, even by Monogram standards, which are fairly meager to begin with, this one's poor.
"I'm glad that this question came up, because there are so many ways to answer it that one of them is bound to be right." - Robert Benchley
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