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My life at the movies.


1929 | United States | 84 min | More...
A still from Salute (1929)
D+: 2 stars (out of 5)
on Fri Oct 09, 2020

John Ford’s second sound picture. George O’Brien joins the Naval Academy, endures hazing from the upperclassmen, and rivals his older brother, a West Point cadet, for a girl. John Wayne and Ward Bond have small parts as O’Brien’s upperclassmen tormentors. The film culminates with the big Army-Navy football game pitting brother against brother.

Once again, the studio shackles Ford with a “dialogue” director, resulting in an uneven production. The outdoor scenes offer dynamic camera work and better performances. The indoor scenes play like stiff recitals. It’s not an unwatchable mess like The Black Watch, but it’s not worth seeking out either.

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    Fri Oct 09, 2020 via VHS-rip