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Tell It to the Marines (1926)

A gruff Marine sergeant and a handsome new recruit compete for the affection of a nurse.

Director:

George W. Hill (as George Hill)

Writers:

Richard Schayer (screen play), Joseph Farnham (titles) (as Joe Farnham)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Sergeant O'Hara
William Haines ... Private 'Skeet' Burns
Eleanor Boardman ... Norma Dale
Eddie Gribbon ... Corporal Madden
Carmel Myers ... Zaya
Warner Oland ... Chinese Bandit Chief
Mitchell Lewis ... Native
Frank Currier ... General Wilcox
Maurice E. Kains Maurice E. Kains ... Harry (as Maurice Kains)
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Storyline

U.S. Marine Sergeant O'Hara has his hands full training raw recruits, one of whom, 'Skeets' Burns, is a particular thorn in his side. If Burns's lackadaisical approach to the military were not bad enough, he also makes advances on nurse Nora Dale, whom Sergeant O'Hara secretly loves. Nora is oblivious to O'Hara's feelings and is attracted to the handsome 'Skeet.' But an indiscretion turns her against him, and it takes an expedition to China and a battle with a warlord's bandit brigade to sort things out among the nurse and her two Marines. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brand im Osten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$433,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$740,952, 31 December 1927
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2000 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Not only did Lon Chaney forgo his customary grotesque makeup for this picture; he refused to wear any film makeup at all, because - he reportedly reasoned - to have done so would have detracted from the documentary reality and integrity of the picture. See more »

Goofs

The general leaves his bag in the rest room of the train when he leaves it in San Diego. He may need it later. See more »

Quotes

Marine Major: Burns, are you an American citizen?
Pvt. George Robert 'Skeet' Burns: Sure! Do I look like a Persian?
Marine Major: Ever been married?
Pvt. George Robert 'Skeet' Burns: Not me! I'm America's sweetheart!
Marine Major: Ever been in jail?
Pvt. George Robert 'Skeet' Burns: No.
[Major stands up. Burns stands up and says an oath. Sits back down]
Pvt. George Robert 'Skeet' Burns: Well, Maje old kid... now I'm a Marine.
Marine Major: You're damned right you are! Stand up!
[Gestures for Burns to leave his office]
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In 2000, Turner Classic Movies presented on TV a version with an orchestral score by Robert Israel (II) and a running time of 103 minutes. See more »

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movie for the true Marine
30 December 2004 | by sgtbusmcSee all my reviews

Great movie for the true Marines that want to see what it was like when Smedley Butler, Dan Dailey, and 'Chesty' were hooking and jabbing.... made at the times when they served in their glory and in the places they were. Check out the period uniforms and the Springfield rifles, which when the movie was being shown weren't period at all but were the actual equipment used by the leathernecks of the time. Most amazing thing i seen from a Marine's point of view was the buildings at MCRD San Diego that were shown throughout the first portion/training phase of the movie, made me feel more a part of history and movie folk lore. And then the gruff sergeant that Chaney portrayed is certainly the kind we all had in boot camp and later in our tour of duty, (or we wished we had....... or sometimes wished we never met up with).


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