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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.

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(as Harold Schuster)

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Complete credited cast:
... Maj. Steve Lockhart
... Capt. Dan Craig
... Lt. Ellen Foster
... Sgt. Louis Leary
... Sgt. Maguire
... Pfc. Jimmy Fowler
... Sally Parker (as Martha MacVicar)
... Lt. Tony 'Junior' Hewitt
... Pvt. Miller
... Lt. Harrigan
... Lt. Sherwood
Patrick O'Moore ... Australian Doctor - Field Hospital
... Cook
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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 »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

11 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ledernacken  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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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

Closing credits: (tickertape) IN THE EARLY MORNING OF MONDAY, UNITED STATES MARINES, SUPPORTED BY ARMY TROOPS, LANDED IN FORCE ON CAPE TOROKINA AND PURUATA ISLAND. THE ACTION CONTINUES. See more »

Soundtracks

Marine Hymn
(uncredited)
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Heard as a theme
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Trained for amphibious landings
28 May 2016 | by See 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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