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The Marines Fly High (1940)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 7 March 1940 (USA)
Marine lieutenants Dan and Jim fight bandits in the South American jungle, while competing for the attention of beautiful Joan Grant.

Directors:

George Nichols Jr., Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

Jerome Cady (as Jerry Cady), A.J. Bolton (as Lt. Commander A.J. Boulton) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Lt. Danny Darrick
Chester Morris ... Lt. Jim Malone
Lucille Ball ... Joan Grant
Steffi Duna ... Teresa
John Eldredge ... John Henderson / El Vengador
Paul Harvey ... Col. Hill
Horace McMahon ... Sgt. Monk O'Hara
Dick Hogan ... Cpl. Ted Haines
Kirby Grant ... Lt. Bob Hobbes (as Robert Stanton)
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Hill
Nestor Paiva ... Pedro Fernandez
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Storyline

A small garrison of Marines are in a Central American country to train soldiers and help with lawful government. A band of outlaws are roaming the countryside robbing, killing and fermenting revolution. Darrick is in change of the training and he is smitten with American Joan Grant. But two things cause trouble for Darrick. One is the new pilot named Malone who is sent to the camp and the other is his old girl friend name Theresa. When Grants' Plantation is attacked by the outlaws looking for money, she flees to the garrison and the Marines search for the outlaws and their mysterious leader. Meanwhile, Darrick and Malone vie for Joan. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Leathernecks on the loose in the haunted hills of Central America...Two lusty sons of the fighting legion..comrades in action but rivals in love! (original poster) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I banditernas fälla See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Benjamin Stoloff took over direction of the film when George Nichols Jr. was killed in an automobile accident during production. See more »

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Featured in Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marines' Hymn
Traditional Marine Song (circa 1850)
Played during the opening and closing credits
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A low-budget flag-waiver with little to recommend.
1 February 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

With WWII already engulfing Europe, you would think the Marine Corps could help devise a much better film to aid enlistments than this low-budget sparsely equipped film. All you get is a handful of airplanes and a very few marines helping to quash rebellion and banditry in an unnamed Central American country. The equipment in this film pales by comparison with those in films like "Here Comes The Navy (1934)," "Submarine D-1 (1937)" and "Wings of the Navy (1939)." I would think it would have the effect of driving people away from joining the marines. Lovely Lucille Ball is a plus, but once again there is a tedious love triangle involving her, Richard Dix and Chester Morris that detracts from the action that comes later in the film. That action was somewhat exciting, but the film was disappointing in the main.


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