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Leathernecking 1930 is an American pre-Code musical comedy film directed by Edward F Cline, from a screenplay by Alfred Jackson and Jane Murfin, adapted from the Broadway musical comedy Present Arms, by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Herbert Fields

Although based on a musical, it used only two of the original Rodgers and Hart songs from the Broadway hit, along with original songs, including three by Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare An early part-color feature film with a Technicolor insert, this film was Irene Dunne's film debut, although no copies of it are thought to existcitation needed


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Songs partial list
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Chick Evans is a Marine private in Honolulu, Hawaii He falls for society girl Delphine Witherspoon, and begins to scheme as to how to win her over His first plan involves impersonating an officer in order to get invited to a society party However, when his Marine buddies decide to crash the party as well, his real rank is revealed, and so having the opposite effect on Delphine as he had planned

Despondent, he bares his soul to a mutual friend, Edna, who arranges to have the two reunited on Delphine's yacht at sea However, this meeting goes terribly wrong as well, and a desperate Chick convinces the yacht's captain to fake a shipwreck in order to give him time to win Delphine over Unfortunately, a real storm arises and the ship is actually wrecked, coming to rest on a desert island While on the island, Chick's persistence pays off, and he gets the girl Not only that, on their return to Honolulu, he is hailed as a hero and promoted to captain


  • Irene Dunne as Delphine Witherspoon
  • Ken Murray as Frank
  • Louise Fazenda as Hortense
  • Ned Sparks as Reynolds Sparks
  • Lilyan Tashman as Edna
  • Eddie Foy Jr as Chick Evans
  • Benny Rubin as Stein
  • Rita La Roy as Fortune Teller
  • Fred Santley as Douglas
  • William von Brinken as Richter
  • Carl Gerard as Colonel
  • Werther Weidler as Richter's son
  • Wolfgang Weidler as Richter's son

Cast list as per AFI database2

Songs partial listedit

  • "You Took Advantage Of Me"
  • "A Kiss For Cinderella"
  • "All My Life"
  • "Careless Kisses"
  • "Evening Star"
  • "Mighty Nice and So Particular"
  • "Shake It Off and Smile"

"You Took Advantage Of Me" and "A Kiss For Cinderella" were written by Rodgers and Hart The other songs were written by Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare, except for "All My Life", which had words and music by Benny Davis and Harry Akst23


This film is now considered a lost filmcitation needed The musical comedy on which this film was based, Present Arms, ran from April through September 1928 at Lew Fields' Mansfield Theatre currently the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Produced by Lew Fields, it had music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, with a book by Herbert Fields It starred and was choreographed by Busby Berkeley4

In 1958, the film entered the public domain in the USA due to the copyright claimants failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication5

See alsoedit

  • List of early color feature films
  • List of lost films


  1. ^ "Leathernecking" Turner Classic Movies Archived from the original on August 27, 2012 Retrieved December 5, 2016 
  2. ^ a b c "Leathernecking: Detail View" American Film Institute Archived from the original on April 17, 2014 Retrieved December 5, 2016 
  3. ^ "Leathernecking: Review Summary" New York Times Retrieved August 2, 2014 
  4. ^ "Present Arms" International Broadway Database Retrieved August 2, 2014 
  5. ^ Pierce, David June 2007 "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain" Film History: An International Journal 19 2: 125–43 ISSN 0892-2160 JSTOR 25165419 OCLC 15122313 doi:102979/FIL2007192125  See Note #60, pg 143

External linksedit

  • Leathernecking on Internet Movie Database

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