When recruit L.Q. Jones returns to boot camp one evening, he tells his buddies about his distaste for a movie he saw while on leave. He describes the films's plot, which involves a Marine private who falls in love with a Navy lieutenant and saves the life of his drill instructor. Though the film's title is never mentioned, this is an exact description of the 20th Century-Fox film To the Shores of Tripoli (1942). Since "Battle Cry" was produced by a different studio (Warner Brothers), this may explain Jones' omission of the film's title.
During the scene where the Marines are resting during the march back to camp they are passed by the 1st Marines returning in trucks. There is waving and jeering as the trucks go by. One of the Marines sitting on the ground can be seen "flipping the bird".
The movie is based on the novel by Leon Uris, who also wrote the screenplay, and was produced and directed by Raoul Walsh. It received an Academy Award nomination for Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.