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The Marines Come Thru (1938)

Marine Lieutenant Steve Landers has perfected a new bomb-release for airplanes which he is testing with the aid of his mechanics,'Singapore' Stebbins and Jack Murray. Dick Weber, one of a ... See full summary »


Louis J. Gasnier


Lawrence Meade (original story), D.S. Leslie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Wallace Ford ... Pvt. 'Singapore' Stebbins
Toby Wing ... Linda Dale
Grant Withers ... Pvt. Jack 'Junior' Murray
Sheila Lynch Sheila Lynch ... Maisie King
Michael Doyle Michael Doyle ... Lt. Steve Landers
Don Lanning Don Lanning ... Dick Weber
Frank Rasmussen Frank Rasmussen ... Beckstrom
Roy Elkins Roy Elkins ... Charles
James Neary James Neary ... Top Sergeant
Thomas McKeon Thomas McKeon ... Col. Dale


Marine Lieutenant Steve Landers has perfected a new bomb-release for airplanes which he is testing with the aid of his mechanics,'Singapore' Stebbins and Jack Murray. Dick Weber, one of a group of enemy agents attempting to steal the plans, is a friend of Colonel Dale, whose daughter, Linda, is engaged to Landers. Weber learns that "Singapore" and Jack are to deliver the final blueprints to the Colonel's home. Beckstrom , head of the spy ring, has some of his agents dress as Marines and obtain entry the the hangar. They get the plans but "Singapore" and Jack have overheard a conversation that indicates the spies are heading for a nearby island which is the headquarters of the espionage group. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

5 August 1938 (USA) See more »

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The Marines Come Through See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This movie was re-released by Astor Pictures in 1943 as "Fight On Marines!" to take advantage of the wartime demand for patriotic subjects, filling the lower half of the double bill in second-run movie houses. This reissue causes a lot of confusion in Toby Wing's career bios as it often credited as a singular 1943 production when it was, in fact a re-issue. Toby's film career ended in 1937, although a couple of her films would be released into 1938. See more »

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Not even good propaganda
24 December 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I suppose that one of the only significant things about The Marines Come Thru is the fact that it is shot in Florida. Possibly poverty row Grand National Studios was thinking that they would pioneer Florida as a new motion picture studio location instead of Hollywood.

If they did it was one awful picture that they chose. The Marines Come Thru has a pair of aviation mechanics, Wallace Ford and Grant Withers foil a spy ring planning to steal the design of a new bomb site.

Ford and Withers are doing a most lame imitation of Captain Flagg and Sergeant Quirk and are the mechanics to Marine aviation ace Michael Doyle. When they're not doing maintenance on Doyle's plane they're busy fighting over entertainer Sheila Lynch with Ford always outsmarting Withers. Believe me they foil the bad guys almost by accident.

The bad guys are some Teutonic looking and sounding gents who have recruited a neighbor of Doyle's society girlfriend Toby Wing to steal the bomb site plans. As many movie Germans were in those days they are incredibly stupid.

As Lynch is an entertainer some singing and dancing is thrown in and for more filler some films of Marines in training are also used.

The whole thing is so colossally dumb I don't even think it was good propaganda when it was re-released under a different banner during World War II after Grand National Pictures went belly up.

Skip this one folks.

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