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The Leatherneck (1929)

65 min | Drama, War

An odd little film about male bonding. At the end of WW I, two Americans (William Boyd and Robert Armstrong) befriend a simple minded German (Alan Hale) and win him over into becoming an American. All three are still peacetime service ...See moreAn odd little film about male bonding. At the end of WW I, two Americans (William Boyd and Robert Armstrong) befriend a simple minded German (Alan Hale) and win him over into becoming an American. All three are still peacetime service members in the US Marines when an unscrupulous character steals Boyd's girl and his two buddies go off to rescue her. When they don't come back, Boyd goes after them to rescue all. This is all done in flashback from a court martial trial for desertion. It's very simple-minded and innocent (silent films were that). Mildly interesting to today's audiences, but nothing special. It did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Writing. See less
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Writers
Elliott J. Clawson (story) | John W. Krafft (titles) (as John Krafft)
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Updated Feb 24, 1929

Release date
Feb 24, 1929 (United States)

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17 cast members
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William Boyd
William Calhoun William Calhoun   See fewer
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Alan Hale
Otto Schmidt Otto Schmidt   See fewer
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Robert Armstrong
Joseph Hanlon Joseph Hanlon   See fewer
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Fred Kohler
Heckla Heckla   See fewer
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Jimmy Aldine
Tanya's Brother (as James Aldine) Tanya's Brother (as James Aldine)   See fewer
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Paul Weigel
Petrovitch Petrovitch   See fewer
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Wade Boteler
Top Sergeant Top Sergeant   See fewer
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Jack Richardson
Court-Martial Officer Court-Martial Officer   See fewer
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Joseph W. Girard
Court-Martial Officer (as Joseph Girard) Court-Martial Officer (as Joseph Girard)   See fewer
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Philo McCullough
Court-Martial Officer Court-Martial Officer   See fewer
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Lee Shumway
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Lloyd Whitlock
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Mitchell Lewis
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Leon Janney
Altar Boy (uncredited) Altar Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Scott Seaton
Colonel (uncredited) Colonel (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.2 / 10 | 72 votes