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Dennis Doros <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 4 Feb 1997 14:56:49 -0500
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Let's think back even farther! "What Price Glory" with Victor McLaglen as
Captain Flagg and Edmund Lowe as Sargeant Quirk in the 1926 silent film
version (directed by Raoul Walsh) of the Laurence Stallings and Maxwell
Anderson Broadway play are two hard boiled marines, and perhaps even more
tough talking since the film is silent. It is one of the many of a silent
film genre called back then "cuss word puzzles" where the audience delighted
in going to see films just to read lips! A year later, Raoul Walsh would star
himself in "Sadie Thompson" as a semi-tough marine in the South Seas.
Since the first marine films go back to at least 1897 according to the AFI
catalog, lets assume there's more of these before my example. But of course,
there is no such thing as a tough talking Marine -- just hard-of-hearing
Dennis Doros
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