Marines, Let's Go

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Marines, Let's Go
Original film poster
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by Raoul Walsh
Written by Raoul Walsh (story)
John Twist
Starring Tom Tryon
David Hedison
Tom Reese
Linda Hutchings
Barbara Stuart
Music by Irving Gertz
title song sung by Rex Allen
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 15, 1961 (1961-08-15)
Running time
103 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,665,000[1]

Marines, Let's Go is a 1961 CinemaScope colour Korean War film about three Marine buddies (Tom Tryon, David Hedison and Tom Reese) on shore leave in Japan and at war in Korea. It was produced and directed by Raoul Walsh, who also wrote the story. Walsh had previously had successes with films about the U.S. Marine Corps in World War I (What Price Glory?), the 1920s (The Cock-Eyed World and Sadie Thompson), and World War II (Battle Cry).


Walsh filmed the movie on location in Japan with extras from the US Marine Corps, who were pulled off filming due to the possibility of their being sent to Laos.[2] The film was completed in Okinawa.

The Marine technical advisor of the film was Colonel Jacob G. Goldberg (1911–2008), who served 30 years in the Marine Corps.[3]


When the White House was interested in Warner Bros. making a film on John F. Kennedy's exploits as the commander of PT 109, Jack L. Warner sent a print of Marines, Let's Go to display Raoul Walsh's expertise for making the movie about Kennedy. The president hated the film,[4] however, and Warner Bros. had to choose a new director for PT 109.

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  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989, p. 253. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1.
  2. ^ American Cinematographer, Volume 42 (1961), p. 473.
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  4. ^ Suid, Lawrence H. Sailing on the Silver Screen: Hollywood and the U.S. Navy, Naval Institute Press, 1996, p. 153

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