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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Friday 5 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it was first shown in Philadelphia Tuesday 19 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New York City 21 January 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 11 August 1963 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
In Los Angeles, Al Haines (played by Dan Daily, Jr.) has just enlisted in the peacetime US Marines in part to escape local gang connections. Hank Parker (the main star, played by Ray McDonald), the boyfriend of Al's sister, Betty (played by Bonita Granville), overhears talk that suggests the gang intends keeping its hooks into Al even after he reports in San Diego. Hank and friends 'Snap' Collins (Leo Gorcey) and Crawford 'Doc' Courtland (Charles Smith) decide to vacation in San Diego to get more information before reporting to the authorities. 'Doc''s girlfriend, Mildred (Dorothy Morris) tags along, and Betty shows up later. With the help of a local guy, Louie (Stanley Clements), the group follows the clues (including a dog with a damaged ear), snoops, and makes trouble. The bad spies in San Diego want Al to steal some secret equipment. How will it all play out?
This is a nice, fast paced show and makes for an enjoyable viewing. On the other hand, production values are low, although there are a few shots of marching Marines. There are no establishing shots or beach scenes that might make one feel in San Diego. Much of the plot relies on coincidence for making needed connections.
As was usual for the times, the language was occasionally slang-filled but clean and there was nothing overtly sexual. The only skin shot was of a snooping Ray McDonald getting a shirtless "short wave" treatment for chest congestion in the basement of a barber shop.
This film is worthy of being cleaned up and put onto a DVD.
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