Son of the Navy

Son of the Navy

Film poster
Directed by William Nigh
Produced by Scott R. Dunlap (producer)
Grant Withers (associate producer)
Written by True Boardman (story)
Grover Jones (story)
Marion Orth (screenplay)
George Waggner (screenplay)
Starring Jean Parker
James Dunn
Martin Spellman
Music by Edward J. Kay
Cinematography Harry Neumann
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Release dates
  • March 30, 1940 (1940-03-30)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Son of the Navy is a 1940 American comedy-drama film directed by William Nigh.

The film is also known as The Young Recruit in the United States.

Plot summary

Racing to his battleship the USS Florida, Chief Gunners Mate Mike Malone attempts to hitchhike to the Naval Base San Diego and runs into Tommy and his Cairn terrier Terry who are runaways from an orphanage.

The scheming Tommy gets the two a lift to the base. At the base and frightened of being discovered he's a runaway, Tommy meets Steve Moore, the daughter of a Chief Petty Officer and gives her the impression that Mike is his father, especially after Steve saw Tommy see Mike off. Steve spreads the word that Mike is a runaway father abandoning his child getting him in trouble with his ship's captain and fellow chief petty officers.



Anchors Aweigh
by Charles A. Zimmermann

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