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The Marines Are Coming
Directed byDavid Howard
Written by
Produced byNat Levine (producer)
StarringWilliam Haines
Conrad Nagel
Esther Ralston
Narrated bySean Durf
Edited byThomas Scott
Distributed byMascot Pictures
Release date
  • November 20, 1934 (1934-11-20)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Marines Are Coming is a 1934 American action drama film directed by David Howard and starring William Haines, Conrad Nagel and Esther Ralston. It was produced and distributed by the independent Mascot Pictures. It was the final film acting role of Haines who had a major success in the 1928 film Tell it to the Marines.

Plot summary

A brash marine lieutenant with a history of active service overseas and heavy debts in the United States is assigned to a new post with his new company under the command of his former rival. The marine falls in love with his commanding officer's fiancée and romances her away from him. The day before their wedding, the fiancée calls it off after the marine is involved with an incident in Tijuana. The fiancée leaves for Central America during the Banana Wars to join her father, who is a diplomat, and the disgraced marine quits but re-enlists as a private. Assigned to a post in Central America, the marine discovers he must rescue his rival, who has been captured by the rebels plotting to overthrow the territorial governor, his former fiancée's father.