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The Fighting Marines (1935)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 23 November 1935 (USA)
Corporal Larry Grant and Sergeant "Mac" McGowan, of the United States Marine Corps, are rival for the love of Frances Schiller, but team up to hunt down "The Tiger Shark," a mad, scientific... See full summary »


Wallace MacDonald (story), Maurice Geraghty (story) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Withers ... Cpl. Larry Lawrernce
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Sgt. Mack McGowan
Ann Rutherford ... Frances Schiller
Robert Warwick ... Col. W. R. Bennett
George J. Lewis ... Sgt. William Schiller [Chs. 1-4] (as George Lewis)
Pat O'Malley ... Capt. Grayson [Ch. 1]
Victor Potel ... Henchman - Fake Native Chief [Ch. 12]
Jason Robards Sr. ... Kota (as Jason Robards)
Warner Richmond ... Metcalf - Henchman
Robert Frazer ... H.R. Douglas
J. Frank Glendon ... M.J. Buchanan (as Frank Glendon)
Donald Reed ... Pedro - Henchman
Max Wagner ... Gibson - Henchman
Richard Alexander ... Ivan - Henchman [Chs. 1-4, 7-9]
Tom London ... Miller - Henchman M-90


Corporal Larry Grant and Sergeant "Mac" McGowan, of the United States Marine Corps, are rival for the love of Frances Schiller, but team up to hunt down "The Tiger Shark," a mad, scientific wizard who is holding Sergeant William Schiller, Frances' brother, a prisoner on a wild, jungle island in the Pacific. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TRULY THE SERIAL SUPREME! The story of the secret of Halfway Island...took an entire regiment of Fighting Marines to solve...finally exposing the most diabolical plot to annihilate the world...ever conceived by man...or mankind !(original poster) See more »


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Chapter 11, is a budget-saving recap episode where sequences from previous chapters: 7 & 8 are shown for most of the running time. See more »


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Semper Fidelis
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by John Philip Sousa and United States Marine Band
[played during the opening credits]
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There Was a Lot of Fighting
8 August 2004 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

The Marines, out of their San Diego base, are working on construction of a landing strip for their planes on Halfway Island in the pacific. Their efforts are being sabotaged on the island by a group headed by a masked criminal calling himself the Tiger Shark. Sgt. Schiller invents a gyrocompass which would pinpoint the where on the San Diego-Halfway Island route the planes are being brought down, but is kidnapped by the Tiger Shark's men in order to learn the secrets of the instrument. Cpl. Lawrence and Sgt. McGowan go after to rescue Schiller and stop the sabotage on the island, while trying to avoid the danger set by the Tiger Shark. It seemed like a decent serial on paper, but this serial drags on for long periods, with many time consuming chapter replays. Withers and Morris have great teamwork together which gives these characters personality. Ann Rutherford is absent for long spells, which doesn't give this serial a good heroine. The Tiger Shark is unfortunately an unmenacing villain, who is basically seen only in the last couple of chapters and given an identity easy to figure out (true to the Mascot formula in this regard), since Mascot didn't work much on the red herrings. Plenty of action and fights, but not enough. Rating, based on serials, 4.5

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23 November 1935 (USA) See more »

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El misterio de la isla perdida See more »

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Mascot Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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