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Call Out the Marines (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Music | 13 February 1942 (USA)
Two veteran U. S. Marines master sergeants vie for the affection of a hostess at the Shore Leave café. They also suspect the owner of the café of operating a Nazi spy ring that has been ... See full summary »

Writers:

Frank Ryan (original screen play), William Hamilton (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Sgt. Jimmy McGinnis
Edmund Lowe ... Harry Curtis
Binnie Barnes ... Violet 'Vi' Hall
Paul Kelly ... Jim Blake
Robert Smith Robert Smith ... Billy Harrison
Dorothy Lovett ... Mary
Franklin Pangborn ... Wilbur
The King's Men The King's Men ... Quartet (as King's Men)
Corinna Mura ... Zana Zaranda
George Cleveland ... Bartender
Six Hits and a Miss Six Hits and a Miss ... Singing Group
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Storyline

Two veteran U. S. Marines master sergeants vie for the affection of a hostess at the Shore Leave café. They also suspect the owner of the café of operating a Nazi spy ring that has been stealing important U. S. Navy plans. He is actually an agent for the American government trying to find the real spy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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spy | sergeant | veteran | marine | hostess | See All (37) »

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They're at it again convoying a convoy of cuties (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

À nous la marine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Altoona Sunday 3 June 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10); it first aired in San Francisco Saturday 14 July 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Thursday 26 July 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in New York City Friday 12 October 1956 on WOR (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

Dorothy Lovett's character is listed as Mitzi, but her name is Mary. See more »

Soundtracks

Hands Across the Border
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mort Greene
Sung by Six Hits and a Miss and Martha Mears, dubbing Dorothy Lovett
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Cheap war comedy makes up for it in energy and strangeness
23 May 2005 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

I chanced upon this and found myself laughing at the stupidity cascading across the screen. Just to give you a notion of where this film is at: during a nightclub number the hostess pulls off her garter belt and tosses it into a crowd of marines and other soldiers. This causes a riot as the men fight and crash around the room in a desperate chase to grab the garter belt. The garter belt starts jumping around the room by itself! Not a lot, just enough for you to be completely startled by the weirdness. Later the two heroes are in the camp shower room shaving. One yells out "TWEEZERS!", a hand reaches into the frame and gives him a pair of tweezers. He proceeds to pluck his eyebrows! The final chase is typical but actually filmed better then several similar Abbott & Costello or Laurel and Hardy chases from the same period.

Hey most wartime fodder is unwatchable, this wasn't a classic but it didn't hurt either.


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