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The United States Marine Band (1942)

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The US Marine Corps Band and chorus perform several songs associated with the Marines and the Navy. As the songs are played, we see monuments in Washington, DC, various battle scenes, ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
William F. Santelmann ...
Himself (as Captain William F. Santelmann)


The US Marine Corps Band and chorus perform several songs associated with the Marines and the Navy. As the songs are played, we see monuments in Washington, DC, various battle scenes, planes in flight, and other scenes designed to instill patriotism in the audience. Written by David Glagovsky <>

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14 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Melody Masters (1942-1943): The United States Marine Band  »

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The Marine's Hymn
Music by Jacques Offenbach (from "Geneviève de Brabant")
Lyrics by Henry C. Davis
Performed by the United States Marine Band and Chorus
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Glimpse of the Old Corps
24 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is basically a wartime recruitment film. But recruiting films and videos and commercials can sometimes fun to watch. In this case if you're a U.S. Marine, you'll enjoy this 10 minutes of motivation.

The film begins with the Band playing in Washington D.C. The band sings along to the first stanza of the Marines' Hymn. It moves along to Anchors Away! and various Souza marches, as expected, and Marines are shown marching in formation past a review stand with the 782 gear of the day: M1903 Springfield rifles and rimmed dough boy-style helmets and leggings. The Commandant of the Marines Corps at the time, Lt. Gen. Holcomb, is shown in one scene.

Images of old-school battleships plowing through the seas in formation come next, followed by Marines climbing into whaleboats for a pre-WWII-style amphibious landing. As they reach the beach and lay their water-cooled Browning machine guns, the battleships are shown delivering some whoop-ass fire support with their large guns. All the while the Band is playing.

Nothing of substance, but it's a fun short to watch before you pop in a Full Metal Jacket or Heartbreak Ridge DVD.

Semper Fi!

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