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Marine Raiders (1944)

A U.S. Marine major tries to keep his captain on the right track through combat on Guadalcanal, training new recruits in San Diego, and a relationship with a WAAAF while on leave in Australia.

Director:

Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster)

Writers:

Warren Duff (screenplay), Martin Rackin (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Maj. Steve Lockhart
Robert Ryan ... Capt. Dan Craig
Ruth Hussey ... Lt. Ellen Foster
Frank McHugh ... Sgt. Louis Leary
Barton MacLane ... Sgt. Maguire
Richard Martin ... Pfc. Jimmy Fowler
Martha Vickers ... Sally Parker (as Martha MacVicar)
Russell Wade ... Lt. Tony 'Junior' Hewitt
Edmund Glover ... Pvt. Miller
Robert Andersen ... Lt. Harrigan
Michael St. Angel ... Lt. Sherwood
Patrick O'Moore Patrick O'Moore ... Australian Doctor - Field Hospital
Harry Brown ... Cook
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Storyline

A U.S. Marine major tries to keep his captain on the right track through combat on Guadalcanal, training new recruits in San Diego, and a relationship with a WAAAF while on leave in Australia.

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Taglines:

COURAGE - Cold as the Steel of their Bayonets! ROMANCE - Warm as the Love which Inspires It! ACTION - Shaking the Skies! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ledernacken See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

As Pat O'Brien and Robert Ryan are walking down the street, toward the USO. They can be seen to salute twice. The first time as they are walking down the street no member of military can be seen. Only men wearing fedora's and civilian clothes are seen walking down the street. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ellen Foster: You look lovely.
Capt. Dan Craig: A marine's not supposed to look lovely.
Lt. Ellen Foster: You do.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: (tickertape) 12 SEPT. 1942 ...... IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC UNITED STATES MARINES ON GUADALCANAL LAST NIGHT ENGAGED IN MINOR SKIRMISHES AND PATROL ACTIVITY. JAPANESE REINFORCEMENTS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN LANDED. OUR POSITIONS REMAIN INTACT. See more »

Soundtracks

Red River Valley
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by the cast at the bar
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Trained for amphibious landings
28 May 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Up until World War II the US Marines was an elite fighting force and under the control of the Navy. It is still that. But between the World Wars and under the leadership of one far sighted commandant John Lejeune the Marines developed as specialty mission, amphibious landing. When the Pacific war came and would be fought across the ocean from several directions toward Japan, the Marines became invaluable with their training for amphibious landings across those countless Pacific islands. It became in fact four divisions because the USA needed a lot of Marines.

That's what Marine Raiders is all about. A couple of veterans of the Corps, Pat O'Brien and Robert Ryan, are ordered back from combat to train what the Marines hope will be half a million of them. O'Brien says it's orders, but Ryan really resents being pulled from combat. However in combat he could never have met Ruth Hussey and gotten things going with her.

Knowing that background which I described makes you understand Marine Raiders a lot better. It still holds up well and those jungle combat scenes once again have RKO utilizing the old King Kong sets. And it's historically accurate even if it doesn't give all the background I did.


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