1960s Marines, Let’s Go! (1961)

Published on September 28th, 2007 | by Chris

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Marines, Let’s Go! (1961)


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On September 28, 2007
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Imagine that Porky's or Stripes or Animal House had been made in '61, and for some reason it'd been set in Tokyo during the Korean War with a bunch of misfit Marines. And lets say that they cast a bunch of nobody's and tried to wrap it in a meaningful war story. And they hired a bunch of drunk college freshman to write the script.

Marines, Let’s Go! (1961)OK, so lets put on our imagination caps for a moment.  Imagine that Porky's or Stripes or Animal House had been made in '61, and for some reason it'd been set in Tokyo during the Korean War with a bunch of misfit Marines.  And lets say that they cast a bunch of nobody's and tried to wrap it in a meaningful war story.  And they hired a bunch of drunk college freshman to write the script.

Then you'd get 1961's Marines, Let's Go.  Gads.  As awful as the "war story" parts of this movie are, the entire "shore leave in Tokyo" bit is actually quite funny, if a bit juvenile.  Thankfully that takes up most of the film, because the beginning and ending sections where they're actually attempting to do some fighting are simply terrible.

And who wrote the dialog for Chatfield's Korean squeeze and her father, anyway? My God, that was actually painful to listen to.  It sounded like bad high school love poetry on acid or something.

Yes, there are plenty of Japanese stereotypes to satisfy all the PC-ers out there.  More than enough.  Actually they seem to extend this towards the Koreans, as I swore the Korean prisoner they capture at the end of the film was speaking Japanese.  Unforgivable from a continuity standpoint if true.   Pair this up with the condescending attitudes of the Marines towards the "natives" and you'll fully understand what I mean by "juvenile."

"Let's Go!" indeed.  Really I can't find fault with the performance of the Marines.  They pulled off what they were written as.  Most of the supporting cast though should go back to school, I think.  I was getting flashbacks to the beginning of "Strange Brew" where you hear Doug McKenzie behind the camera going, "Psst. Act! ACT!"

Marines, Let’s Go! (1961) Chris

Summary: Imagine that Porky's or Stripes or Animal House had been made in '61, and for some reason it'd been set in Tokyo during the Korean War with a bunch of misfit Marines. And lets say that they cast a bunch of nobody's and tried to wrap it in a meaningful war story. And they hired a bunch of drunk college freshman to write the script.

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