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The Marines Fly High

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Costume design  Renie
Country  United States
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Adventure, Drama
Language  English
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Director  George Nichols Jr. Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)
Release date  March 7, 1940 (1940-03-07)
Writer  Jerome Cady, A.J. Bolton, A.C. Edington (story)
Directors  Benjamin Stoloff, George Nichols Jr.
Genres  Action Film, Adventure Film
Cast  Richard Dix (Lt. Danny Darrick), Lucille Ball (Joan Grant), Chester Morris (Lt. Jim Malone), Steffi Duna (Teresa), John Eldredge (John Henderson / El Vengador), Paul Harvey (Col. Hill)
Similar movies  Related Benjamin Stoloff movies

The Marines Fly High is a 1940 action film, starring Richard Dix, Chester Morris and Lucille Ball and directed by George Nicholls, Jr. and Benjamin Stoloff from a story by A.C. Edington.



In 1940, the Central American cocoa plantation owned by American Joan Grant (Lucille Ball) needs protection from bandits led by El Vengador (John Eldredge). She asks the Marines stationed nearby under the command of Colonel Hill (Paul Harvey) for help. Lieutenants Danny Darrick (Richard Dix) and Jim Malone (Chester Morris) fly a mission to seek out the outlaws. Although they have orders to protect her, both men vie for Joan's affection.

John Henderson, the plantation foreman, is really El Vengador. He kidnaps Joan and sets a trap for the Marines he knows will try to rescue her. The two rivals eventually realize that to defeat the enemy, they will have to work together. When Malone is heading for an ambush, Derrick flies to his aid and rescues Joan.


  • Richard Dix as Lt. Danny Darrick
  • Chester Morris as Lt. Jim Malone
  • Lucille Ball as Joan Grant
  • Steffi Duna as Teresa
  • John Eldredge as John Henderson / El Vengador
  • Paul Harvey as Col. Hill
  • Horace McMahon as Sgt. Monk O'Hara
  • Dick Hogan as Cpl. Ted Haines
  • Kirby Grant as Lt. Bob Hobbes (as Robert Stanton)
  • Ann Shoemaker as Mrs. Hill
  • Nestor Paiva as Pedro Fernandez
  • Production

    Principal photography for The Marines Fly High took place from late October to December 2, 1939, on RKO sound stages. The backlots served as the locale for many of RKO's features set in more exotic locations. The use of U.S. Marine aircraft and the ability of both Dix and Morris to look comfortable as pilots led an air of authenticity to the programmer.


    The Marines Fly High was a typical B movie whose action scenes received good notices from critics with Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times in a contemporary review, noting the film was "... a comfortably agile adventure story." A more recent appraisal by reviewer Frank Miller likewise described the film as "crammed" with action.

    Film historian Richard Jewell in The RKO Story, characterized the screenplay by Jerry Cady and Lieutenant Commander A.J. Bolton as "dull" and "lacklustre".


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