The Spirit of Culver (1939)

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Tom Allen, the son of a decorated war hero who is feared to have died in battle, wins a scholarship to the Culver military academy. His arrogance and unwillingness to comply with the ... See full summary »


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29 June 2020 | HotToastyRag
| Cute if you like Jackie and Freddie
During the heart of the Great Depression, Andy Devine runs a soup kitchen for homeless kids. His heart goes out to one tough boy, Jackie Cooper, when he learns his father was an old army buddy who died in the war and received the Medal of Honor. He talks to his friends that run a military academy and they agree to award Jackie a scholarship to honor his father. Jackie's not too keen on the idea of charity, but he is glad to have a roof over his head and three meals a day.

His roommate at school is Freddie Bartholomew, someone very excited to be there but sometimes ridiculed because of his English upbringing. Gene Reynolds is another student, and he's very homesick. Everyone dislikes Jackie, but when he starts to change his mind and appreciate his education and training, is it too late for his fellow cadets to change their minds about him?

This is a cute, heartwarming movie if you're a fan of the two adorable child actors Jackie and Freddie. Freddie still has his sweet innocence and Jackie still has his tearful pout, but they're both a little older in this movie. Jackie has a huge crush on a nightclub singer, and Jackie enters the boxing ring to settle a dispute. If you like this one, check out The Devil Is a Sissy or Dinky next!

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