Pride of the Marines (1936)

64 or 66 mins | Drama | 2 April 1936

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HISTORY

The viewed print states that the film is dedicated "With appreciation to the officers and enlisted men of the United States Marine Corps who cooperated so heartily in the making of this picture." The film's working title was United States Smith. The pressbook indicates that the film was shot at the Marine base in San Diego, CA.
       Although some contemporary sources indicate that the film was based on a short story by Gerald Beaumont entitled "United States Smith," no such work has been found; it is possible that those sources confused the story title with the 1928 Gotham Productions film United States Smith, which was directed by Joseph Henabery and starred Eddie Gribbon and Lila Lee. The 1928 film also was based on the Beaumont story "Pride of the Marines." (See Entry). ...

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The viewed print states that the film is dedicated "With appreciation to the officers and enlisted men of the United States Marine Corps who cooperated so heartily in the making of this picture." The film's working title was United States Smith. The pressbook indicates that the film was shot at the Marine base in San Diego, CA.
       Although some contemporary sources indicate that the film was based on a short story by Gerald Beaumont entitled "United States Smith," no such work has been found; it is possible that those sources confused the story title with the 1928 Gotham Productions film United States Smith, which was directed by Joseph Henabery and starred Eddie Gribbon and Lila Lee. The 1928 film also was based on the Beaumont story "Pride of the Marines." (See Entry).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
28 Apr 1936
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1936
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
30 Apr 1936
p. 4
Motion Picture Daily
3 Apr 1936
p. 5
New York Times
27 Apr 1936
p. 19
Variety
29 Apr 1936
p. 15
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOUND
Sd eng
STAND INS
Stand-in for Billy Burrud
Stand-in for Florence Rice
Stand-in for Charles Bickford
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Pride of the Marines" by Gerald Beaumont in Red Book Magazine (Jan 1921).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
United States Smith
Release Date:
2 April 1936
Production Date:
10 Jan--3 Feb 1936
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
4 April 1936
LP6292
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1964
SYNOPSIS

Aboard a train, Marines Steve Riley, Mac McKay, Gunner Brady and Tennessee come to the defense of a young orphan boy, Ulysses Simpson Smith, on his way to visit his uncle in San Diego, California. Upon arrival in San Diego, the Marines and Ulysses find his uncle gone, and his apartment occupied by Molly Malone. After walking by the dreary orphanage, Steve takes Ulysses back to the base, where he is adopted as their mascot. Ulysses is outfitted with a dress uniform, and he and Steve go to visit Molly. Molly introduces her boyfriend Larry Allen, and they all eat cake. Afterwards, Steve invites Molly to visit the base and watch a parade. Molly attends the parade, and later as she and Larry walk around the base, he tells her that he plans to retire as soon as his enlistment is up and get married. Later at a landing practice, Ulysses ignores the gunfire in order to be with his friends but he is wounded when he saves Steve from an explosion. Molly and Larry plan to be married and they ask to adopt Ulysses, but he is determined to stay with Steve. Colonel Gage asks Steve to lead a secret mission to save an island that Steve is familiar with from enemy infiltration. Initially, Steve refuses, but when he visits Ulysses at the hospital, he hears the young boy's patriotic mumbling and decides to take on the mission. As Steve leaves Ulysses in Molly's care, he contemplates the motto on his Marine ring, "Always ...

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Aboard a train, Marines Steve Riley, Mac McKay, Gunner Brady and Tennessee come to the defense of a young orphan boy, Ulysses Simpson Smith, on his way to visit his uncle in San Diego, California. Upon arrival in San Diego, the Marines and Ulysses find his uncle gone, and his apartment occupied by Molly Malone. After walking by the dreary orphanage, Steve takes Ulysses back to the base, where he is adopted as their mascot. Ulysses is outfitted with a dress uniform, and he and Steve go to visit Molly. Molly introduces her boyfriend Larry Allen, and they all eat cake. Afterwards, Steve invites Molly to visit the base and watch a parade. Molly attends the parade, and later as she and Larry walk around the base, he tells her that he plans to retire as soon as his enlistment is up and get married. Later at a landing practice, Ulysses ignores the gunfire in order to be with his friends but he is wounded when he saves Steve from an explosion. Molly and Larry plan to be married and they ask to adopt Ulysses, but he is determined to stay with Steve. Colonel Gage asks Steve to lead a secret mission to save an island that Steve is familiar with from enemy infiltration. Initially, Steve refuses, but when he visits Ulysses at the hospital, he hears the young boy's patriotic mumbling and decides to take on the mission. As Steve leaves Ulysses in Molly's care, he contemplates the motto on his Marine ring, "Always faithful."

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Youth, Military


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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