Here Comes the Navy is a saga of the US fleet. It’s light on story, and because of that it borders on being an elaborate newsreel, i.e. the inner workings of the gobs at maneuvers and navy life, from enlistment to war formations.
The James Cagney-Pat O’Brien feud throughout the footage reminds of the Quirt-Flagg school of masculine venom. Only here Gloria Stuart is O’Brien’s sister and he wants Cagney to stay away from her.
Frank McHugh stooges for Cagney as his lone faithful pal, even after the gobs have given wise-guy Cagney a little dose of coventry, having steered clear of him because they think he’s a wrong guy. Cagney is twice catapulted into heroic situations, the double parachute jump for the finale packing something of a kick.
1934: Nomination: Best Picture