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The Leathernecks Have Landed (1936)

Not Rated | | Adventure | 17 February 1936 (USA)
A tough ex-marine joins a smuggler shipping arms to Chinese bandits. When his old outfit takes on the outlaws,he has a change of heart.


Howard Bretherton


Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Wellyn Totman (original story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Lew Ayres ... Woodruff 'Woody' Davis
Isabel Jewell ... Brooklyn
James Ellison ... Mac MacDonald (as Jimmy Ellison)
James Burke ... Corrigan
J. Carrol Naish ... Irenov
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Capt. Halstead
Maynard Holmes ... Pvt. 'Tubby' Waters
Ward Bond ... Tex
Paul Porcasi ... Enrico 'Rico' Venetzi
Claude King ... British Agent in Shanghai
Christian Rub ... Schooner Captain
Joe Sawyer ... Sgt. Regan (as Joseph Sawyer)
Henry Mowbray Henry Mowbray ... British Army Major
John Webb Dillion John Webb Dillion ... Marine Captain (as John Webb Dillon)
Lal Chand Mehra Lal Chand Mehra ... Sam - Sikh Sergeant


A tough ex-marine joins a smuggler shipping arms to Chinese bandits. When his old outfit takes on the outlaws,he has a change of heart.

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Release Date:

17 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I fucilieri di marina sbarcano See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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See history in Black and White
11 May 2003 | by gordsracingSee all my reviews

A wonderful movie from a historical perspective. Not all old movies could be called classics from the plotline/dramatic perspective. The Leathernecks Have Landed will never be considered a classic.

What it is; - is a record of attitudes and viewpoints of America between the World Wars of the last century. It shows to that time period's sensibilities and the colonial arrogance of gunboat diplomacy as European and outside powers dominated the remnants of the ancient Chinese Empire.

It displays somewhat ambivalently without judgement to the contest between the old order, the Kuomintang, the Chinese Communists with the interference from the outside nations. It shows the culture of the seaport Shanghai.

It is worth seeing this movie as a record of what the American world view was in 1936. Sometimes a movie like this reminds us to the full measure of just how far politically we have come in this modern world, and to those moments that we have not.

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