Marine Sergeant James O'Hearn is being tried at the San Diego Marine base for desertion, theft, scandalous conduct and destruction of property in time of war. He refuses to testify or plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. Showgirl Ginger Martin takes the stand against his protest. She testifies O'Hearn won't talk because he is protecting the name of his pal, Marine Private Davey White. Ginger tells how she, broke and stranded, met the two marines in Shanghai two weeks before Pearl Harbor. White proposes marriage so that Ginger can be evacuated from China as his wife. Before the ceremony, the two Marines get into a fight with the natives and escape with Ginger aboard a small motor boat. They wind up in Namou, a Vichy French island, and are quartered in a run-down hotel. O'Hearn discovers a Nazi yacht delivering radar supplies to the island, and plans to seize it with the help of the Free French. White refuses to join and says he is deserting and intends to remain on the island ... Written by
Les Adams <email@example.com>
A thousand rousin' carousin' thrills !
Did You Know?
Odd for any Hollywood movie, the colonel who is the head of the court martial wears a USMC Distinguished Marksman rifle badge. This is somewhat interesting in that the distinguished badges are rare and rather difficult to earn. In fact there have been little more than a couple thousand actual rifle distinguished badges awarded to Marines since the first ones around 1903. See more
The "Japanese" landing craft are actually American craft of the type used at Normandy and elsewhere. The front of the two types of boat are shaped differently. See more
You are aware that you face a possible sentence of death, not to mention a total imprisonment of...
[he checks some papers
... 143 years?
Master Gunnery Sgt. James O'Hearn
The last 100 won't hurt, sir.
The Japanese Sandman
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played at the Shanghai saloon See more