Baby Blue Marine

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Baby Blue Marine
Directed by John D. Hancock
Produced by Leonard Goldberg
Aaron Spelling
Written by Stanford Whitmore
Starring Jan-Michael Vincent
Glynnis O'Connor
Katherine Helmond
Music by Fred Karlin
Cinematography László Kovács
Edited by Marion Rothman
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 5, 1976 (1976-05-05)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Baby Blue Marine is a 1976 Metrocolor film set during World War II that was directed by John D. Hancock. It stars Jan-Michael Vincent and Glynnis O'Connor. The feature film was produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, both of whom were better known for their television work. (Nineteen seventy-six was also the year that O'Connor appeared opposite John Travolta in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, a TV movie produced by Spelling and Goldberg).

Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 2½ out of 4 stars.[1]


Marion (Jan-Michael Vincent), 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 honorably discharged Marine recruits to wear a uniform they had not earned. In real life, the Marine Corps issued light blue uniforms used by Flying Cadets prior to Pearl Harbor; hence the name "Baby Blue Marine" for a failed recruit.

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 trades 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.


Film locations[edit]

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.[citation needed] Other elements were shot in Hollywood.

Vincent also stars in Tribes, another film that features the Marine Corps.[2]


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