Marine Raiders (1944)

90-91 mins | Drama | 1944

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HISTORY

The opening credits include the following acknowledgment: "We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the United States Marine Corps, the Navy, the Coast Guard and Army, whose assistance made this picture possible." According to the Var review, the U.S. government provided the film clips of naval attacks on Guadalcanal and the sequence detailing the training of Marine recruits at Camp Elliott, CA. Although a pre-production news item in LAT credits actor Don Barry with the original story, Barry is not credited by any other source, and the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. Pre-production news items in HR add that Anne Shirley and Tom Bryson were considered for leading roles in the film and Ray Enright was intially slated to direct. Ruth Hussey was finally borrowed from M-G-M to play the female lead. Although a HR production chart places Barbara Hale, Lawrence Tierney and Joseph Vitale in the cast, they do not appear in the released film. Other items in HR add that background footage was shot at various Marine training camps around San Diego, CA. A 20 Jan 1944 HR news item notes that Robert Wise directed pickup shots and added scenes. According to HR , the Los Angeles premiere was staged at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on 19 Jul 1944 to climax a Marine Day Bond Drive benefiting the Marine Corps ... More Less

The opening credits include the following acknowledgment: "We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the United States Marine Corps, the Navy, the Coast Guard and Army, whose assistance made this picture possible." According to the Var review, the U.S. government provided the film clips of naval attacks on Guadalcanal and the sequence detailing the training of Marine recruits at Camp Elliott, CA. Although a pre-production news item in LAT credits actor Don Barry with the original story, Barry is not credited by any other source, and the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. Pre-production news items in HR add that Anne Shirley and Tom Bryson were considered for leading roles in the film and Ray Enright was intially slated to direct. Ruth Hussey was finally borrowed from M-G-M to play the female lead. Although a HR production chart places Barbara Hale, Lawrence Tierney and Joseph Vitale in the cast, they do not appear in the released film. Other items in HR add that background footage was shot at various Marine training camps around San Diego, CA. A 20 Jan 1944 HR news item notes that Robert Wise directed pickup shots and added scenes. According to HR , the Los Angeles premiere was staged at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on 19 Jul 1944 to climax a Marine Day Bond Drive benefiting the Marine Corps League. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Jun 1944.
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Daily Variety
20 Jun 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Jul 44
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Mar 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Nov 43
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jan 44
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 44
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
10 Feb 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Jan 44
p. 1696.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Jun 44
p. 1957.
New York Times
1 Jul 44
p. 10.
Variety
21 Jun 44
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Robert Andersen
Martha MacVicar
Selmar Jackson
Don Dillaway
Glenn Vernon
Steve Barclay
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
Unit dir
Dir addl scenes
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 30 June 1944
Production Date:
early November 1943--mid January 1944
addl scenes late January
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 June 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12788
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90-91
Length(in feet):
8,165
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9795
SYNOPSIS

In the wake of Japanese attacks on Guadalcanal, Captain Dan Craig of the Paramarines and Major Steve Lockhard of the U.S. Marine Corps report to the island and are ordered to repel the Japanese troops. When Dan discovers the body of one of his men, Lt. Tony Hewitt, sadistically tortured and murdered by the Japanese, he goes berserk and charges into the jungle. After restraining Dan, Steve warns his friend that he must learn to control his impulses. With their mission completed, the troops are relieved and board a ship bound for Australia. In an Australian bar, Dan meets Ellen Foster, a member of the Woman's Airforce Auxiliary. Sensing Dan's restlessness, Ellen is sympathetic to him, and he asks to take a drive in her car. As they drive along the beach, Ellen confides her concerns about her two brothers who are serving in Africa. After dancing away most of the night, the couple walk along the beach and realize that they have fallen in love. When Dan tells Ellen that he is leaving on duty the next morning, she suggests they immediately marry, but Dan demurs, claiming that wartime life is too uncertain to make such a serious commitment. When Ellen protests that, despite the uncertainty, she is still willing to take a chance, Dan reconsiders, and they search out a minister. Before they can reach the minister, however, Dan is wounded in a surprise air attack and hospitalized. After Ellen leaves Dan's bedside to go on duty, Steve visits his friend with orders to return to the U.S. When Dan informs him of his impending marriage, Steve ... +


In the wake of Japanese attacks on Guadalcanal, Captain Dan Craig of the Paramarines and Major Steve Lockhard of the U.S. Marine Corps report to the island and are ordered to repel the Japanese troops. When Dan discovers the body of one of his men, Lt. Tony Hewitt, sadistically tortured and murdered by the Japanese, he goes berserk and charges into the jungle. After restraining Dan, Steve warns his friend that he must learn to control his impulses. With their mission completed, the troops are relieved and board a ship bound for Australia. In an Australian bar, Dan meets Ellen Foster, a member of the Woman's Airforce Auxiliary. Sensing Dan's restlessness, Ellen is sympathetic to him, and he asks to take a drive in her car. As they drive along the beach, Ellen confides her concerns about her two brothers who are serving in Africa. After dancing away most of the night, the couple walk along the beach and realize that they have fallen in love. When Dan tells Ellen that he is leaving on duty the next morning, she suggests they immediately marry, but Dan demurs, claiming that wartime life is too uncertain to make such a serious commitment. When Ellen protests that, despite the uncertainty, she is still willing to take a chance, Dan reconsiders, and they search out a minister. Before they can reach the minister, however, Dan is wounded in a surprise air attack and hospitalized. After Ellen leaves Dan's bedside to go on duty, Steve visits his friend with orders to return to the U.S. When Dan informs him of his impending marriage, Steve thinks that his friend has succumbed to the charms of a woman while in an emotionally unstable state and arranges for him to be shipped out with the rest of the troops. Upon returning to the hospital, Ellen learns that Dan has gone and watches as his ship disappears into the night. Steve's actions cause Dan to renounce their friendship, and as a result, when the two arrive at the naval base in San Diego, they are barely speaking to each other. When they are both assigned to teach the raw recruits of Camp Elliott the art of modern combat, Dan protests that he would rather go back to the front, but his request is denied. While in town one night, Dan unsuccessfully tries to contact Ellen, and afterward, he overhears Jimmy Fowler and Sally Parker tearfully record their farewells before Jimmy is sent overseas. On the drive back to camp, Jimmy asks Dan's advice about marrying Sally, and Dan asserts that, as participants in the war, women are fully aware of the dangers. At the base, Steve is ordered to lead the troops into action, but a general, sensing Dan's instability, assigns him to a desk job in Washington, D.C. Steve defends Dan's behavior, claiming that he caused his friend's unhappiness by breaking up his romance. The general accepts Steve's explanation, and the two men return to Australia to spearhead the invasion of an enemy island. With less than forty-eight hours before the start of their mission, Dan finds Ellen and they are finally married. The next morning, Ellen introduces herself to Steve as Dan's wife. In the last hours before shipping out, Steve, Dan and Ellen celebrate, and as Steve goes to lead his troops, Ellen offers him her friendship and he comes to accept her as one of his family. Early the next morning, Ellen bids Dan a tearful farewell and he joins his men. As Dan takes to the air with his Paramarines, Steve commands the landing forces at sea. Dan and his men parachute over the island, their mission to block the roads and delay enemy reinforcements so that the Marines can land. When Dan's troops are outflanked by enemy forces, Steve orders them to pull back to the beach, but in a daring maneuver, Dan rallies his men to overtake the enemy machine guns firing from the hills. With the enemy firepower eliminated, the U.S. forces land and secure the beachhead. In Australia, as Ellen listens to a radio broadcast announcing the success of Dan's mission, she steps onto the airstrip and utters words of inspiration to her husband across the sea. +

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