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The Leatherneck (1929)

An odd little film about male bonding. At the end of WW I, two Americans (William Boyd and Robert Armstrong) befriend a simple minded German (Alan Hale) and win him over into becoming an ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Higgin

Writers:

Elliott J. Clawson (story), John W. Krafft (titles) (as John Krafft)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
William Boyd ... William Calhoun
Alan Hale ... Otto Schmidt
Robert Armstrong ... Joseph Hanlon
Fred Kohler ... Heckla
Diane Ellis ... Tanya
Jimmy Aldine Jimmy Aldine ... Tanya's Brother (as James Aldine)
Paul Weigel Paul Weigel ... Petrovitch
Jules Cowles ... Cook
Wade Boteler ... Top Sergeant
Jack Richardson ... Court-Martial Officer
Joseph W. Girard ... Court-Martial Officer (as Joseph Girard)
Philo McCullough ... Court-Martial Officer
Lee Shumway ... Court-Martial Officer
Lloyd Whitlock ... Court-Martial Officer
Mitchell Lewis ... Court-Martial Officer
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Storyline

An odd little film about male bonding. At the end of WW I, two Americans (William Boyd and Robert Armstrong) befriend a simple minded German (Alan Hale) and win him over into becoming an American. All three are still peacetime service members in the US Marines when an unscrupulous character steals Boyd's girl and his two buddies go off to rescue her. When they don't come back, Boyd goes after them to rescue all. This is all done in flashback from a court martial trial for desertion. It's very simple-minded and innocent (silent films were that). Mildly interesting to today's audiences, but nothing special. It did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Writing.

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See and hear him at the Military Court-Martial, charged with desertion. His English-speaking voice is shown off to perfection. IT'S ALL TALKIE. (Print Ad- Auckland Star,((Aukckland, NZ)) 7 September 1929)

Genres:

Drama | War

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Written by Josiah Zuro, Francis Gromon and Charles Weinberg
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The Leatherneck review
4 May 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Solid little action movie that never flags thanks to its brief sub-hour running time. It's aimed squarely at the young male audience of its day, but isn't shy of throwing in the odd expressionistic moment (a memorable mass execution scene). Boyd, Hale and director Howard Higgin all worked together on the previous year's equally enjoyable Skyscraper.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pokollégió fiai See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System) (talking sequences)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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