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The Marines Are Coming (1934)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 20 November 1934 (USA)
When Lt. "Wild Bill" Traynor, bad boy of the Marine Corps, arrives at a San Diego Marine Base, he is surprised to discover he has been assigned to duty under his old rival, Captain Benton (... See full summary »

Director:

David Howard

Writers:

Colbert Clark (story), James Gruen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Lt. William 'Wild Bill' Traylor
Conrad Nagel ... Capt. Edward 'Ned' Benton
Esther Ralston ... Dorothy Manning
Armida ... Rosita Hernández Consuelo Ibera y Buenaventura
Edgar Kennedy ... Sgt. Buck Martin
Hale Hamilton ... Colonel Gilroy
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When Lt. "Wild Bill" Traynor, bad boy of the Marine Corps, arrives at a San Diego Marine Base, he is surprised to discover he has been assigned to duty under his old rival, Captain Benton (Conrad Nagel). While eluding the advances of Rosita (Armida), a Latin dancer, Bill becomes involved with Benton's fiancee, Dorothy Manning (Esther Ralston), whom he quickly wins and Benton accepts the impending marriage. On his wedding eve, Bill, in the company of Rosita, becomes involved in a fracas in a gambling joint in nearby Tia Juana. Rosita disappears and Dorothy calls off the wedding. As Dorthy sails for Latin America, Bill resigns in disgrace from the Marines, but re-enters as a Private. Ordered to duty in Ponta Miguel, Bill discovers that Dorothy's father (Hale Hamilton) is the governor. His old nemesis Benton has Bill sent to the guardhouse and Bill is vowing revenge when he is released, only to find that Benton is being held prisoner by a jungle bandit known as The Torch (George Regas.) ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Hold Everything...Here's WILLIAM HAINES IN "THE MARINES ARE COMING" (original print ad - several caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aí Vêm os Navais See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Remade as Colorado Ranger (1950) See more »

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Brazilian Baby
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Written by Gus Edwards
Performed by Armida in the nightclub
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Joan Crawford's Best Friend
6 April 2012 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

I had never seen William Haines in a feature film until I saw this, and while many people say that this was far from his best effort, I found it and the Haines persona displayed here to be quite entertaining. This was a Mascot film, and that studio was not known for great films, but it was competently made with an entertaining story about a "renegade" marine who never seems to follow the rules. Esther Ralston appears as the leading lady to good effect. Both she and William Haines were banished from MGM at about the same time. It almost seems like a reunion of tarnished MGM stars to watch these two very talented people at a poverty row studio. Conrad Nagel has the most thankless job as the bland good guy of the piece. Armida adds spice to the film as Willie's erstwhile girlfriend, and she does a musical number competently. A pleasant way to spend 70 minutes. The Alpha DVD of this has it as a double feature with a 1937 Republic feature, Join The Marines.


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