Cast & Crew
Doris Henley is traveling to the Acme Shipyards with her three adopted uncles, all retired Navy captains, to christen a ship built in honor of her late father, a distinguished Naval officer. When her uncles begin to discuss Evans Arden, the owner of the shipyard and their former classmate, who was forced to leave the Naval Academy, Doris mentions that she knows Evans' son Bill, a scapegrace like his father. Bill, who is home from college, is not interested in attending the ceremony until he discovers that Doris will be there. At the shipyard gate, Doris meets Paul Herbert, an old friend whose goal in life is to attend Annapolis. Dressed in a sailor's uniform, Paul tells Doris that although he flunked the entrance exam to the school, he plans to work his way into the Academy as an enlisted man. Bill then arrives and offers to escort Doris to the christening. Bill, who has no respect for the Navy, almost causes Doris to miss the launch. That night, at a party at the Arden mansion, Bill proposes to Doris, but she refuses to give him an answer and walks away. Meeting Paul in the garden, Doris confides that she could never marry a non-Navy man. Overhearing their conversation, Bill decides to enlist so that Doris will marry him. The next day, Bill asks his father's secretary, Miss Jenkins, to speak to her cousin, a Navy recruiter, about losing his enlistment papers after he is engaged. When Miss Jenkins informs Doris about Bill's plan to have is enlistment papers conveniently misplaced, the two women decide to insure Bill's commitment by planting the story of his enlistment in the newspaper, thus making it impossible for him to get out of his commitment. Paul and Bill are assigned as bunkmates at the Naval base, and while Paul studies arduously for his Annapolis exam, Bill scoffs at Navy traditions. On the day that Paul learns he has passed the entrance exam, Bill proclaims that he, too, plans to attend Annapolis so that he can resign from the Navy as soon as possible. When Bill announces his intentions to his classmates at Annapolis, they accuse him of being a coward, so he decides to prove his tenacity by waiting to resign until the end of the first year of school. One day, while Bill is on liberty, Doris comes to visit him at the Academy. When Bill returns to the dorm after hours and learns of Doris' presence, he insists upon seeing her. Knowing that Bill will be punished for being out after hours, Paul tries to restrain him, and is struck by Bill. When Bill's fit of anger results in a brain concussion for Paul, the other midshipmen ostracize him. Out of a sense of personal honor, Bill decides to stay at the Academy until graduation, even though his father, who was also ostracized when he was a midshipman at the Academy, urges him to quit. Paul recovers from his injury, and during a class simulation of a sea-going manuever, he encourages Bill to stay. When Bill notices that the boiler pressure in the engine room is increasing too fast, he cautions Norman Brennan, the classmate in charge of the maneuver. Ignoring Bill's warning, Brennan orders more speed, causing the boiler to explode. Brennan is trapped in the boiler room, and Bill risks his life to save his classmate and turn off the boilers. Injured in the explosion, Bill regains consciousness in his hospital room and finds himself surrounded by his classmates, who now accept him. Some time later, Bill graduates with his class, and Dorothy congratulates him and accepts his proposal.