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Tell It to the Marines (1926)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 January 1927 (USA)
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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Taglines:

An amazing, authentic glimpse of the real China, and the dangers that white "Foreigners" undergo in this land of mystery and death. (Print Ad- Morning Bulletin, ((Rockhampton, Queensland)) 26 April 1929)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2000 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the production, Lon Chaney formed a close friendship with Marine Corps Gen. Smedley Butler, which lasted for the rest of Chaney's life. See more »

Goofs

Not even in 1926 would a raw recruit be issued a rifle on his first day in boot camp. Nor would he be told that he is now a Marine by any stretch of the imagination. See more »

Quotes

Marine in Barracks: [At Reveille] Come on, Snoring Bull... tomorrow has came!
Pvt. George Robert 'Skeet' Burns: What's the idea... do they think we're milkmen?
Sgt. O'Hara: Say, Rip Van Winkle... this place ain't no rest cure!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood: Hollywood Goes to War (1980) See more »

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8 June 2003 | by tomwalSee all my reviews

Chaney gives a recruiting poster performance of a rough,tough,Marine with a tender heart[thats well hidden],with Haines giving an equally good performance as the recruit.A mixture of humor and excitement are well blended to make this a very entertaining movie.


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