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Salute to the Marines(1943)

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An onscreen written prologue salutes the United States Marines and names a number of famous battles in which the marines participated, from Tripoli to Guadalcanal. According to a pre-production Hollywood Reporter news item, screenwriter George Bruce wrote a variation of his famous 1919 poem "I Saw Him at Chateau Thiery" to be included in the film under the title "I Saw Him at Wake Island," but the poem was not in the picture. According to various Hollywood Reporter news items, Marjorie Main, Van Johnson and Lewis Stone were originally cast in the film, and Hayes Goetz was supposed to be the assistant director. Actor Richard Quine was initially cast as "Rufus Cleveland," but was replaced by William Lundigan when he was drafted. Guillermo Lopez, a former student of actor Donald Curtis (who had been a university professor prior to becoming an actor), was also cast in the film, but his appearance has not been confirmed. A October 26, 1942 news item noted that Susan Simon, the four-year-old daughter of director S. Sylvan Simon, was to make her acting debut in the film, but her appearance has not been confirmed. News items also indicate that portions of the film were shot on location at a Marine base in San Diego, CA and in Oroville, CA. The Feather River Gateway Bridge, four miles from Oroville, was used for the film's battle sequence. Additional locations were "scouted" in North Carolina and elsewhere, but the film was apparently shot only in California. Wallace Beery, Fay Bainter and Keye Luke reprised their roles for a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on November 8, 1943. Noah Beery, Sr., who portrayed an adjutant in the picture, took over the role of "Colonel Mason" for the radio program.