The Singing Marine (1937)

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Bob Brent, a young Marine from Arkansas, impresses his comrades with his singing ability, and they pitch in to send him to New York to compete in an amateur contest. Success in the contest,... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Weston ...
Peggy Randall
Lee Dixon ...
Slim Baxter
Aeneas Phinney
Ma Marine
Sergeant Mike
Larry Adler ...
Larry (Harmonica)
Marcia Ralston ...
Helen Young
Veda Ann Borg ...
J. Montgomery Madison
Eddie Acuff ...
Henry O'Neill ...
Captain Skinner (as Henry O'Neil)
Addison Richards ...
Mr. Fowler


Bob Brent, a young Marine from Arkansas, impresses his comrades with his singing ability, and they pitch in to send him to New York to compete in an amateur contest. Success in the contest, however, sets him up for trouble in romance, in his career, and with the Corps. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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3 July 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cancioneiro Naval  »

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The microphone at the New York talent show was labeled as KFWB which was Warner Brothers Los Angeles station. See more »


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You Can't Run Away from Love Tonight
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Dick Powell and chorus at the wienie roast
Also sung by Dick Powell, Doris Weston and chorus at the benefit aboard ship
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A Fun Musical
22 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Singing Marine is really a way to exploit Dick Powell's wonderful tenor voice, and it does well at doing so. Powell's singing could win over any woman which is perhaps the reason no other well-known stars are in the cast.

The film is about a marine from Arkansas whose shy demeanor melts away when he sings. He wins over a fellow singer (Doris Weston) and is convinced by his friends to enter an amateur contest in New York. When he goes, he become a sensation and is signed as "The Singing Marine." In a very short time he makes tens of thousands of dollars but has to manage his singing career alongside his career in the military.

Busby Berkeley directed the musical sequences in this film, but aside from a couple of beautiful girls, one probably wouldn't guess that he was involved. The numbers are more general in their presentation, but they are still fun. Powell's simple "Cause My Baby Says Its So" doesn't get much staging, but the other songs include elaborate tap routines and set changes.

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