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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanley Stafford ...
Col. Thomas F. Brown
Lulu Mae
Cpl. Stacy
Arthur Space ...
Capt. Miller
Tim Ryan ...
Sheriff Benson
Bernard Gorcey ...
Junior (as Gil Stratton Jr.)
David Gorcey ...
Chuck (as David Condon)
Benny Bartlett ...
Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Paul Maxey ...
Jolly Joe Johnson
William Newell ...
Maj. Desmond - CIA
Lisa Wilson ...
Col. Brown's secretary
Riley Hill ...
Capt. Harlow - CIA


The boys get drafted into the Marines. On their first day in basic training, their commanding officer discovers that Sach's dad is an old war buddy of his, so he makes Sach a sergeant and places him in charge of the boys. While on the drill field, they discover the body of a dead Marine, and find a playing card on him that they trace to a local gambling house, where they suspect that the Marine was murdered. Written by

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29 June 1952 (USA)  »

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Bowery Leathernecks  »

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Shot in six days. See more »


When the card is setting on the sheriff's desk the camera's shadow can be seen on the lower right side of the frame as the camera moves closer. See more »


Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones Jr.: [to Cpl. Stacy] You'll have to look out who you're accusing, little corporal. Remember: a sergeant is ranker than a corporal!
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A Deficit in Military Intelligence
2 October 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

After 175 years, the United States Marine Corps decides it's time to bring "The Bowery Boys" into the fold. First contacted is loquacious leader Leo Gorcey (as Terrence Aloysius "Slip" Mahoney), but pals Huntz Hall (as Horace Debussy "Sach" Jones Jr.), Gil Stratton (as "Junior"), David "Condon" Gorcey (as Chuck), and Benny "David" Bartlett (as "Butch") are quickly called up for duty. We see no basic training or hazing, unfortunately; but, comedy takes charge as Mr. Hall is given a whistle and made "Sergeant" of his Bowery-populated barracks. Meanwhile, Mr. Gorcey suspects a beaten Marine is connected to a crooked gambling ring.

One of many military-themed Bowery adventures, "Here Come the Marines" proves the law of diminishing returns is alive and well in this feature film series. Most obvious is probably that Hall works hard with the material; he demonstrates fine comic abilities and entertainingly carries the movie. At one point, Hall is asked, "Don't you know a dud when you see one?" At least, Hall gives this rather dull story his best, with few re-takes (Leo needs to watch his head when getting out of the lower bunks). Also notable is that this is the last appearance of Mr. Stratton, a two-time "Bowery Boy" member who would soon fine better character roles.

**** Here Come the Marines (6/29/52) William Beaudine ~ Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey, Gil Stratton, Hanley Stafford

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