Marine Sergeant Bob Lansing has just completed a tour of duty in the Pacific and is off to study at the Officer's Academy in Annapolis if he passes the entrance exam. He soon finds out that... See full summary »





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Bob Lansing
Colonel Myers
Jimmy Lansing
Penelope Hayworth


Marine Sergeant Bob Lansing has just completed a tour of duty in the Pacific and is off to study at the Officer's Academy in Annapolis if he passes the entrance exam. He soon finds out that his younger brother, Jimmy Lansing, just recently made sergeant as well, will also be taking the exam with him. The Lansing brothers are hard working and patriotic military men and both deserve to be accepted into the Academy, but they learn there is only one spot available. As entrance into Annapolis is dependent both on their exam results and their record, they are encouraged by the base colonel to enter into a friendly rivalry for the three weeks on the base prior to the exam. They also enter into a friendly rivalry for the affections of Penelope Hayworth, the admiral's daughter. The more gregarious Jimmy believes he has the upper hand in the latter competition if only because of his more outgoing nature. Ultimately, both Bob and Jimmy have to decide if being an officer, getting Penelope or ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

14 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1940-1941 season) #2: March On, Marines  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #9954-9955. See more »


During the football game, Dennis Morgan as #34 takes the kickoff, cut to #13 running it back (during which #34 picks himself off the ground), then back to Morgan in #34 getting up with the ball. See more »


The Song of the Marines
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening credits
Sung by an off-screen chorus
Played often in the score
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Technicolor twaddle
15 June 2006 | by (Irvington, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Dennis Morgan as a singing drill instructor? Don't buy it for a minute. "March On, Marines" is like a twelve-year-old boy's fantasy of the peacetime Marine Corps - all snappy uniforms, parades and pretty admiral's daughters. The obvious motive of this visually striking two- reeler was to paint a stirring red-white-and-blue portrait of a fighting force whose true nature as hard-ass professional killers wouldn't have been palatable to an innocent 1940 public who needed gearing up for the inevitable conflict to come.

The central story involves Morgan and his brother as two buck sergeants competing for one appointment to Annapolis, and one admiral's daughter. Morgan welcomes new recruits (every one in a soft floppy campaign hat) with a speech so fatherly and democratic it would barely cut the mustard at Scout camp, then leads them through a "sea school" that consists entirely of knot- tying. Pal-o-mine dialog and college-boy rah-rah, right down to a lusty male choir singing "Over the Sea, Let's Go, Men!" gives the impression that the U.S.M.C. is just a swell bunch of clean-living fellas who happen to be the finest-trained soldiers on earth - despite their comical WW1 tin hats and sissified elbow pads on the rifle range. Morgan's DI character never cold-cocks a recruit or even raises his voice above a necessary level. One hopes Morgan, who died in 1994, went to his heavenly reward - because legendary gunny sergeant Lou Diamond would surely have been waiting for him in hell.

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