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Tell It to the Marines (1926)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  29 January 1927 (USA)
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A gruff Marine sergeant and a handsome new recruit compete for the affection of a nurse.

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Norma Dale
Eddie Gribbon ...
Corporal Madden
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Zaya
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Chinese Bandit Chief
Mitchell Lewis ...
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Frank Currier ...
General Wilcox
Maurice E. Kains ...
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Storyline

U.S. Marine Sergeant O'Hara has his hands full training raw recruits, one of whom, 'Skeets' Burns, is a particular thorn in his side. If Burns's lackadaisical approach to the military were not bad enough, he also makes advances on nurse Nora Dale, whom Sergeant O'Hara secretly loves. Nora is oblivious to O'Hara's feelings and is attracted to the handsome 'Skeet.' But an indiscretion turns her against him, and it takes an expedition to China and a battle with a warlord's bandit brigade to sort things out among the nurse and her two Marines. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

29 January 1927 (USA)  »

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Brand im Osten  »

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$433,000 (estimated)
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(2000 alternate)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Because his performance was considered to be so realistic, Lon Chaney became the first actor to be granted an honorary membership in the U.S. Marine Corps. When Chaney died in 1930, Gen. Smedley Darlington Butler arranged for a military chaplain and honor guard at Chaney's funeral. Sgt. H.H. Hopple, who had been a technical advisor on this film, served as the honor guard. See more »

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Skeet doesn't have his sea bag on his way to the ship. He is going to need at least a change of skivvies. See more »

Quotes

Marine Major: Burns, are you an American citizen?
Pvt. George Robert 'Skeet' Burns: Sure! Do I look like a Persian?
Marine Major: Ever been married?
Pvt. George Robert 'Skeet' Burns: Not me! I'm America's sweetheart!
Marine Major: Ever been in jail?
Pvt. George Robert 'Skeet' Burns: Well, Maje old kid... now I'm a Marine.
Marine Major: You're damned right you are! Stand up!
Sgt. O'Hara: Terrible!
Sgt. O'Hara: Madden, put a uniform on this! Try to make it look human!
Sgt. O'Hara: Don't shoot him before we find out where his parents live.
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William Haines becomes a star
25 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

in this smash hit of 1927 that also boasts a star turn from Lon Chaney. Eleanor Boardman, Carmel Myers, and Warner Oland are also effective in this comedy-drama about the wise guy from Kansas City (Haines) who joins the Marines and grows up under the tutelage of Chaney. From this point in his career until the early 30s (talkies) Haines was a top 5 box office star for MGM.


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