Taking into consideration the period that this film was shot in, this movie is surprisingly effective. Cagney plays rough-around-the-edges, blue-collar joe turned naval officer 'Chesty O Conner' bent on exacting revenge on snooty, stoic commanding officer Pat O'Brien after a ballroom brawl. The banter between Cagney and O'Brien is surprisingly fresh and creative. Unfortunately--and my one criticism of the film--Chesty never quite becomes the officer and gentleman we hope we will mature into. Still, Cagney--who could sing, dance and act (and do all three quite well I might add)--gives a great performance nonetheless. It's worth a watch.