"Shipmates Forever" has already been reviewed twice in these columns. Those who read the previous comments will have decided not to see it; all others are hereby warned. It concerns the navy and the dear old flag, spiced with crooning by Dick Powell and dancing by Ruby Keeler. Lewis Stone, an embodiment of patriotism as well as the hero's father, restrains his emotions bravely, although his voice weeps throughout. Ross Alexander is amusing, but his part is not sufficient to justify the rest of the picture. "Shipmates Forever" is a dull combination of saccharine romance and big-navy propaganda; if you really must go, take your maiden aunt from the D. A. R.
"King Solomon of Broadway" is, if possible, worse than its companion feature. The plot is equally primerish, and unrelieved by shots of the naval academy. There are various gangsters and a gambling joint, a millionaires dance-contest winner who is kidnapped, and a pure young secretary-singer who marries her boss. Edmund Lowe is the star, but the picture would have been equally bad without him.
The Moviegoer obviously spent an unexciting afternoon. His readers will find the seats far more comfortable at the University on Wednesday, when "Naughty Marietta" returns for review day.