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Marines in the Making (1942)

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This Pete Smith Specialty shows marines in training at a number of unidentified bases. Hand-to-hand combat is stressed, including new, sneaky techniques used by the Japanese. By using their... See full summary »

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This Pete Smith Specialty shows marines in training at a number of unidentified bases. Hand-to-hand combat is stressed, including new, sneaky techniques used by the Japanese. By using their own tactics against them, we will surely win the war. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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26 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Included in Warner Home Video's 2005 DVD release of Random Harvest (1942). See more »

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Boys Will Be Boys
23 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A hilarious (unintentionally so) Pete Smith short film that documents the training techniques of a group of rugged marines. The film points out the similarities between the conditioning exercises used by athletic teams and those of the military, and it juxtaposes footage from a football practice with that of basic training.

All of the testosterone-fueled machismo is absurd, and it makes our fighting men look like fools. But the film is also kind of scary in its embrace of violence and the glamour with which it treats the ability to kill another human being. Of course I know that's the whole point of basic training, and that this was just one of the countless short films used as propaganda pieces during the war, but that doesn't make it any less disturbing.

But for those who are interested, the film will instruct you how to "zap a Jap, nix a Nazi, and fricassee a Fascist." Put that on a resume.


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