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Leave It to the Marines (1951)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 September 1951 (USA)
Gerald Meek and Myrna McAllister go to city hall to apply for a marriage license. Gerald wanders into the MArine Recruiting office by mistake and SXergeant Delaney signs him into the Marine... See full summary »


Sam Newfield (as Samuel Newfield)


Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) (as Orville Hampton)




Complete credited cast:
Sid Melton ... Gerald Sylvester Meek
Mara Lynn Mara Lynn ... Myrna McAllister
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Sgt. 'Foghorn' McTaggert
Ida Moore ... Grandma Meek
Sam Flint ... Col. Flenge
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Gen. Garvin (as Doug Evans)
Margia Dean ... Cpl. Trudy 'Tootie' Frisbee
Richard Monahan Richard Monahan ... Pvt. Partridge (as Richard Monohan)
William Haade ... Recruiting Sgt. Delaney
Jack George Jack George ... Dr. Suture
Paul Bryar ... Cpl. Pappodopoli
Ezelle Poule Ezelle Poule ... Mrs. McAllister
Will Orleans Will Orleans ... Pvt. White
Richard Farmer Richard Farmer ... Colonel's Clerk
Jimmy Cross Jimmy Cross ... Court Clerk


Gerald Meek and Myrna McAllister go to city hall to apply for a marriage license. Gerald wanders into the MArine Recruiting office by mistake and SXergeant Delaney signs him into the Marine Corps and sends him for a medical examination before Gerald realizes what has happened. He finds himself in uniform and ready to be shipped to boot camp without any delay, other than explain to his intended-bride that Uncle Sam has other plans for him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Not that many laughs, plus there are MANY similar but better made films.
21 January 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Sid Melton was a burlesque-style comic and appeared in tons of low-budget films in the 1950s--most of which weren't very good. However, he gained some fame on television--particularly on "The Danny Thomas Show" and "Green Acres" (where he played 'Alf Monroe'). When I saw the DVD for a Gasoline Alley film had two bonus films starring Melton, I was less than thrilled in light of his other films I've seen over the last few years.

This film begins with Sid going in to the marriage license bureau. However, he makes a mistake and enters a Marine recruiting office and accidentally ends up joining the Corps. What follows is a pretty standard 'idiot joins the service and somehow makes good' plot. I say standard because LOTS of films have been made with this theme such as "Buck Privates", "Jumping Jacks", "Caught in the Draft" and "Tanks a Million"....just to name a few. And, since all the films I just mentioned are MUCH better (mainly because they are comedies that are funny), I see no reason for anyone to look for "Leave it to the Marines" unless they are members of the Sid Melton Fan Club. Now I am not saying it's a terrible film...just not all that good a movie.

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