Tell It to the Marines is a 1926 silent movie starring Lon Chaney, William Haines and Eleanor Boardman, and directed by George W. Hill. The film follows a Marine recruit and the sergeant who trains him, and was the biggest box office success of Chaney’s career and the second biggest moneymaker of 1926/1927.
In 1924, “Skeet” Burns applies to join the United States Marine Corps, but only to get a free train ride to San Diego, California. When he arrives, he escapes from veteran Marine Sergeant O’Hara and boards another train to “Tia Juana”, Mexico for the horse races. However, upon his return, he enlists after all and comes under O’Hara’s charge.
At the base, Skeet spots Norma Dale, an attractive Navy nurse. He tries to become better acquainted with her, but his unsubtle, overconfident approach meets with a cold reception. He also discovers that O’Hara is smitten with Norma as well...More