Baby Blue Marine
|Baby Blue Marine|
|Directed by||John D. Hancock|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||90 min.|
Marion, a Marine recruit during World War II is kicked out of the Corps and sent home in a blue fatigue uniform. As recruits sent their civilian clothes home or sold them, the Corps did not wish less than honourably discharged Marine recruits to wear a uniform they had not earned. In real life the Corps issued light blue uniforms used by Flying Cadets prior to Pearl Harbor; hence the name "Baby Blue Marine" for a failed recruit.
Ashamed, Marion meets a Marine Raider (Richard Gere in his second big screen appearance) a young, battle-scarred war hero back from the Pacific who has aged beyond his years with prematurely gray hair. As the Raider doesn't wish to return to the war, he knocks out Marion and changes uniforms with him.
Marion enters an idyllic small town where the decorations and Raider shoulder sleeve insignia of his uniform make him a hero to the community whose own young men are away at the war.
Baby Blue Marine was primarily shot in Siskiyou County, California. Most elements were filmed in McCloud, California with the scene at a local football game filmed in Weed, California at the high school. A couple of scenes were shot at the old Amtrak Museum, at mainside at Camp Pendelton. It showed one of the rare times Mount Shasta was shown in a motion picture. Other elements were shot in Hollywood.