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The Singing Marine (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 3 July 1937 (USA)
Bob Brent, a young Marine from Arkansas, impresses his comrades with his singing ability, and they pitch in to send him to New York to compete in an amateur contest. Success in the contest,... See full summary »


Ray Enright


Delmer Daves (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Bob Brent
Doris Weston ... Peggy Randall
Lee Dixon ... Slim Baxter
Hugh Herbert ... Aeneas Phinney / Clarissa
Jane Darwell ... Ma Marine
Allen Jenkins ... Sergeant Mike
Larry Adler ... Larry (Harmonica)
Marcia Ralston ... Helen Young
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Dopey
Veda Ann Borg ... Diane
Jane Wyman ... Joan
Berton Churchill ... J. Montgomery Madison
Eddie Acuff ... Sam
Henry O'Neill ... Captain Skinner (as Henry O'Neil)
Addison Richards ... Mr. Fowler


Bob Brent, a young Marine from Arkansas, impresses his comrades with his singing ability, and they pitch in to send him to New York to compete in an amateur contest. Success in the contest, however, sets him up for trouble in romance, in his career, and with the Corps. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Music joins forces with the U.S. Marines to make this one of the best pictures in months. (Print ad- Askov American, ((Askov, Minn.)) 21 October 1937) See more »


Comedy | Music | Romance


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Did You Know?


In an interview during filming, Dick Powell admitted that he missed the connection that he had shared with his previous leading lady, Ruby Keeler. "The hardest thing for me to do is listen well. You have to react to what you hear, and as a reactor, I'm dead from the neck up. Ruby Keeler used to react to me, and she was good at it. But yesterday I had to react to Doris Weston while she sang a song in The Singing Marine (1937), and I sank like a chain anchor." See more »


The microphone at the New York talent show was labeled as KFWB which was Warner Brothers Los Angeles station. See more »


Featured in Three Cheers for the Girls (1943) See more »


Stolen Holiday
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Doris Weston at the amateur hour broadcast
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Dick Powell finds fame as the Singing Marine
13 June 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Busby Berkeley directed the musical sequences for this 1937 film, The Singing Marine.

Dick Powell stars as Bob Brent, a marine, originally from Arkansas, who happens to have a beautiful tenor voice. Though a little shy, he goes to New York to enter an amateur singing contest. He's encouraged by his fellow Marines, who are cheering him on as they listen to him on the radio. Bob makes friends with a young woman, Peggy (Doris Weston) he meets on the bus who is also going to compete.

Bob sings 'Cause My Baby Says It's So in the contest and is a smash hit, signed to a contract immediately. Though Peggy was too nervous to finish the audition, Bob hires her as his assistant.

When his outfit is ordered to Shanghai, one of his agents (Hugh Herbert) decides to buy Bob out of the Marines. Uh, no go. His friends in the corps turn against him when they see how fat-headed he's become.

This is a fun musical, and Dick Powell's voice was so lyrical and beautiful, I could listen to him all day. He had such an amazing career as well.

If you can ever get your hands on any of the Dick Powell Theatre from television, do so. There were some wonderful episodes. Powell excelled as a singer, an actor, and producer, and was obviously an excellent businessman.

He is also responsible for one of my favorite celebrity comments of all time: When offered the part of Richard Diamond in the TV series that ultimately starred David Janssen, Powell thought about it and finally told the producer, "No, I can't hold my stomach in for 28 weeks."

Also appearing in this film are Allen Jenkins and, in small roles, Jane Wyman and Veta Ann Borg.

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3 July 1937 (USA) See more »

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