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The opening credits include the following acknowledgment: "We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the United States Marine Corps, the Navy, the Coast Guard and Army, whose assistance made this picture possible." According to the Variety review, the U.S. government provided the film clips of naval attacks on Guadalcanal and the sequence detailing the training of Marine recruits at Camp Elliott, CA. Although a pre-production news item in Los Angeles Times credits actor Don Barry with the original story, Barry is not credited by any other source, and the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. Pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter add that Anne Shirley and Tom Bryson were considered for leading roles in the film and Ray Enright was intially slated to direct. Ruth Hussey was finally borrowed from M-G-M to play the female lead. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Barbara Hale, Lawrence Tierney and Joseph Vitale in the cast, they do not appear in the released film. Other items in Hollywood Reporter add that background footage was shot at various Marine training camps around San Diego, CA. A January 20, 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Robert Wise directed pickup shots and added scenes. According to Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles premiere was staged at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 19, 1944 to climax a Marine Day Bond Drive benefiting the Marine Corps League.