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Tell It to the Marines (1926)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  29 January 1927 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Sergeant O'Hara
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Private 'Skeet' Burns
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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 ...
Harry (as Maurice Kains)
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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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nurse | bandit | battle | u.s. marine | train | See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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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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Trivia

Not only did Lon Chaney forgo his customary grotesque makeup for this picture; he refused to wear any film makeup at all, because - he reportedly reasoned - to have done so would have detracted from the documentary reality and integrity of the picture. See more »

Goofs

On Naval vessels with large guns the guns are manned by naval personnel not Marines. In the battle exercise the Marines were manning the big guns. This is not done on Nabal vessels. 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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movie for the true Marine
30 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great movie for the true Marines that want to see what it was like when Smedley Butler, Dan Dailey, and 'Chesty' were hooking and jabbing.... made at the times when they served in their glory and in the places they were. Check out the period uniforms and the Springfield rifles, which when the movie was being shown weren't period at all but were the actual equipment used by the leathernecks of the time. Most amazing thing i seen from a Marine's point of view was the buildings at MCRD San Diego that were shown throughout the first portion/training phase of the movie, made me feel more a part of history and movie folk lore. And then the gruff sergeant that Chaney portrayed is certainly the kind we all had in boot camp and later in our tour of duty, (or we wished we had....... or sometimes wished we never met up with).


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