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Marines in the Making (1942)

This World War II-era short shows U.S. Marine Corps training, including conditioning techniques adapted from athletics, hand-to-hand combat tactics, and traditional drills.


Herbert Polesie

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Complete credited cast:
R.E. 'Dick' Hanley R.E. 'Dick' Hanley ... Himself


The US Marine Corp has always been a physically fit group of people, but modern warfare has required them to be ever more so. Many of the enlisted are trained by Major R.E. Hanley, better known in some circles as former Northwestern University football coach Dick Hanley. He uses many of the same training techniques he used to train his all-American football players. Other marine training is demonstrated, such as one-on-one combat. Marines are still required to perform formal duties, hence they must still learn traditional maneuvers such as drills. Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Short








Release Date:

26 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included in Warner Home Video's 2005 DVD release of Random Harvest (1942). See more »

Crazy Credits

Dick Hanley is identified by the narrator. See more »


Marine Hymn
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Geneviève Brabant"
Performed by the studio orchestra
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Semper Fi !
9 February 2014 | by batjacole1See all my reviews

God bless the USMC. Many of the young men in this film paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country on lonely islands in the Pacific, and will forever live in our hearts and memories. When viewed in the context of the horrible and devious tactics of the enemy (witness the fate of the marines on Wake Island), criticism of the contents of this film, and the impression to be made on a still grieving American population (Pearl Harbor occurred only a few months prior to the making of this film) is greatly misplaced and wholly unwarranted. If only our 2014 political leadership had the same commitment to resolution of the world's threats as the greatest generation.

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