Salute (1929)

    This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our Cookie Policy.

    Why not take a minute to register for your own free account now? Registration is completely free and will enable the use of all site features including the ability to join in or create your own discussions.

    There are 20 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by Hawkswill.

    • Salute (1929)





      Plot Summary
      John Randall is an Army cadet at West Point.
      His younger brother Paul is a midshipman at the Naval Academy.
      John contrives to help Paul's timid romantic interest
      in Nancy Wayne by pretending to be interested in her himself.
      Paul, however, takes offense, and determines to beat
      his brother in the Army-Navy football game on purely personal grounds.
      Meanwhile, Paul and fellow midshipman Albert Price
      are hazed and tormented by upperclassmen.
      Summary written by Jim Beaver

      Full Cast
      George O'Brien .... Cadet John Randall
      Helen Chandler .... Nancy Wayne
      William Janney .... Midshipman Paul Randall
      Stepin Fetchit .... Smoke Screen
      Frank Albertson .... Midshipman Albert Edward Price
      Joyce Compton .... Marian Wilson
      David Butler .... Navy Coach
      Lumsden Hare .... RAdm. John Randall
      Clifford Dempsey .... Maj. Gen. Somers
      Ward Bond .... Midshipman Harold
      Rex Bell .... Cadet (uncredited)
      John Breeden .... Midshipman (uncredited)
      Ben Hall .... Midshipman Joel Farragut Gish (uncredited)
      Jack Pennick .... Football player (uncredited)
      Harry Tenbrook .... Assistant Navy coach (uncredited)
      Lee Tracy .... Radio announcer (uncredited)
      John Wayne .... Bill (midshipman) (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      James Kevin McGuinness dialogue
      Wilbur Morse Jr. titles (uncredited)
      John Stone
      Tristram Tupper story

      Joseph H. August

      Costume and Wardrobe Department
      John Wayne .... costumer: Mr. Fetchit (uncredited)

      Other crew
      William Fox .... presenter
      Schuyler E. Grey .... technical advisor (uncredited)

      Filming Location
      U.S. Naval Academy - 121 Blake Road, Annapolis, Maryland, USA

      Watch this Clip
      (Duke and Ward Bond)

      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 9 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Salute, is very significant as it is the the 1st. film that Duke spoke in!
      A George O'Brien film, Duke is uncredited,
      but plays a walk on role as Bill, a midshipsman.
      John Ford used both Duke, and Wardell Bond,
      which dealt with the rivalry, between Army and Navy football teams.

      John Ford, invited Duke to recruit ballplayers from USC, for the action sequences.
      Ford, had them all assembled, and wanted a couple of walk-ons,
      They were both perfectly natural....
      So we needed a couple of fellows to speak some* lines,
      I picked them out, and they ended up with parts.

      Said Ford.

      The three men became drinking partners,
      and established a relationship, that was to last a lifetime.

      Dan Ford
      , maintained,
      I think my granddad, liked* John Wayne and Ward Bond,
      because they stood up to him, from the start.

      The younger men also made John Ford, feel like one of the boys,
      which flattered him, since his private life, left much to be desired.

      Ward Bond
      was singled out for his performance,
      but no reviewers noticed Duke's performance,
      and so he continued propping for Fox, with the occasional stunt or double job.
      However, his time was to come.

      Varietycalled it,
      The best picture of its kind to date

      The film concluded with the big game, edited together,
      with Fox Movietone Newsreel

      It was Fox's best money spinner of the year
      The film was a critical and financial success,
      and truly significant one for Duke Morrison and Wardell Bond!!

      People who worked on the 1929 movie Salute
      including Marion Morrison -- later known as John Wayne (on the right).

      User Reviews
      Author: marc from New York NY from IMdb
      Bad performances by George O Brien and William Janney
      as rival brothers who end up playing the big Army-Navy football game
      against each other. Steppin Fetchit is given a lot of screen time
      and his performance is embarrassing and racist by today's standards,
      but he might make you smile occasionally
      even while you wince;he is very charismatic.
      John Wayne has a few brief scenes as one of a trio of cadets
      who haze(very mildly) the hero.
      The best parts of the movie are the unusually crisp location
      filming of the real Annapolis circa 1929.
      The big football game is unexciting and has no surprises.
      There is one good performance by Frank Albertson
      whose spirited portrayal of the callow roommate who talks back to his C.O.
      is the film's highlight.No real John Ford touches in this programmer.

      The Army/Navy Game
      5 February 2012 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      Salute is an early talkie directed by John Ford and it will never rank in anybody's list of great John Ford films. He honed this particular genre of military academy films down to a science in much better films like The Long Grey Line and Wings Of Eagles.

      George O'Brien and William Janney are brothers raised by different grandfathers, O'Brien by a general and Janney by an Admiral and they both go to the service academies of each. O'Brien being older got to West Point before Janney arrived at Annapolis.

      Janney is always playing second fiddle to O'Brien and when O'Brien puts some moves on Helen Chandler who Janney has flipped over, that makes the Army/Navy game a bit more personal than usual.

      John Wayne and Ward Bond are a pair of upper classmen in Annapolis who take Janney over the coals. Best performance in the film is from Frank Albertson as Janney's smart mouth roommate.

      It was interesting to see both Wayne and Bond before either of them was any kind of a name. The integration of newsreel footage of the Army/Navy game was well done by Ford, very similar to how he used newsreel film from Ireland in The Plough And The Stars. But Salute is a film for John Wayne or John Ford completists.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 7 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • salute jw film1929

      howdy partners would like to know what the forum makes of this movie i believe this to be a minor classic and shows just how well jw and ward bond got on also showd to me dispite it being a minor role just how well he could act :hyper:
    • Re: Salute (1929)

      Hello mark hutchings. I wish I could tell you what I think, but sadly I have never seen this film. I've never seen it anywhere. I would like to, just to see Duke's first speaking part. If they ever do release it on DVD, I will get it.

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Salute (1929)

      hi i got a copy on ebay which is why i asked what people thought of it .also check out maker of men another role from jw but never the less not a bad movie:teeth_smile:
    • Re: Salute (1929)

      Hi keith
      some pics and screen captures from Salute
      • Salute7.jpg

        (69.08 kB, downloaded 11 times, last: )
      • Salute.jpg

        (90.9 kB, downloaded 10 times, last: )
      Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind
    • Re: Salute (1929)

      More pics from "Salute."
    • Re: Salute (1929)

      Just found this picture. A group photo of Navy football team, plus players inthe film.Duke is in back row, next to the tallest guy.
      • 1929-13.1.JPG

        (91.45 kB, downloaded 14 times, last: )
    • Re: Salute (1929)

      Right you are Jim. I believe this must have been a staff picture maybe. Because Ward is next to Duke. At least it is someone with the same ears, hairline and a bit larger head even though he was skinny at the time, LOL!
      Right height also.

      Very nice, thanks for sharing it with us! KEITH
      God, she reminds me of me! DUKE
    • Re: Salute (1929)

      Well, I am not POSTIVE, Jim, but I have sketched Ward a bunch, and all I can say is that his ears and hairline are dead on. But, I have only seen on pic of him in college, and that is the one standing in the hallway in Salute with his hat can't be sure. Also, since he and Duke were the only two speaking parts from USC, I imagine it would be him. Will have to get my printer guy to blow it up for us. KEITH

      JamesMace wrote:

      Not sure about the guy on Duke's left being Ward Bond. Picture pixelated too much when I zoomed in to be of any help.
      God, she reminds me of me! DUKE