The Leatherneck

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When Cecil B. DeMille's own production company was absorbed by Pathe in 1928, several DeMille contractees went along for the ride. One of these was William Boyd, the star of the 1929 Pathe effort The Leatherneck. The setting is China, specifically the headquarter of the 6th U.S. Marine regiment, where Calhoun (Boyd) and Schmidt (Alan Hale) are facing court-martial for desertion. In a series of flashbacks, the viewer is apprised of the reasons for the two leathernecks' supposed dereliction of duty. Essential to the action are a third marine, the unfortunate Joe Hanlon (Robert Armstrong), and a mysterious Russian girl named Tanya (Diane Ellis). A silent picture for most of its 76-minute running time, The Leatherneck includes approximately eight minutes' worth of dialogue.

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William Boyd
as Joseph Hanlon
Alan Hale
as Otto Schmidt
Robert Armstrong
as William Calhoun
Jimmy Aldine
as Tanya's Brother
Paul Weigel
as Petrovitch
Wade Boteler
as Gunnery Sergeant
Philo McCullough
as Judge Advocate
Mitchell Lewis
as Capt. Brand
Richard Neill
as Officer of Court Martial
Lloyd Whitlock
as Officer of the Court Martial
Lee Shumway
as Officer of the Court Martial
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