That Navy Spirit

That Navy Spirit is a 1937 American sports film directed by Kurt Neumann and starring Lew Ayres, Mary Carlisle and John Howard.[1] It is also known by the alternative title Hold 'Em Navy. It follows two members of the American football team at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis who compete over the same girl before the varsity game against West Point.

That Navy Spirit
Directed byKurt Neumann
Produced byCharles R. Rogers
William LeBaron
Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Written byErwin S. Gelsey
Lloyd Corrigan
Albert S. Le Vino
StarringLew Ayres
Mary Carlisle
John Howard
Music byCharles Kisco
CinematographyHenry Sharp
Edited byEdward Dmytryk
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 5, 1937 (1937-11-05)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States


As first-year "plebes" at the Naval Academy, newcomers Tommy and Stuffy are subjected to rude treatment by the upperclassmen. After one of them, Chuck Baldwin, gives him a hard time, Tommy decides to invite Chuck's sweetheart Judy to a school ball.

Tommy is also a talented football quarterback, but because Chuck informs on him being out after curfew, Tommy is suspended from the team and Navy loses the game. Judy is upset with Tommy, but a year later, when the situation is reversed and Chuck is caught out after dark, Tommy vouches for him. Chuck plays and helps Navy defeat Army in the big game, then dedicates the victory to Tommy.

Main cast

Alan Ladd has a small role.


  1. Quinlan p.274


  • Quinlan, David. The Film Lover's Companion: An A to Z Guide to 2,000 Stars and the Movies They Made. Carol Publishing Group, 1997.
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