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Chester Morris & Richard Dix in "The Marines Fly High"
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Publicity photo: Chester Morris (left) and Richard Dix in "The Marines Fly High" (RKO 1940), shot at Ernie Hickson's Monogram Ranch in Placerita Canyon (later called Melody Ranch). The film also stars Lucille Ball as Dix's love interest and features Steffi Duna, John Eldredge, Paul Harvey, Horace McMahon, Dick Hogan, Kirby Grant, Ann Shoemaker and Nestor Paiva. Uncredited roles are played by Abner Biberman, Selmer Jackson, Ethan Laidlaw and John Sheehan.

In this runup-to-war film, the Marines are fighting bandits in the South American jungle.

The film debuted March 4, 1940, in New York City. This print is date-stamped June 19, 1940. Glued to it is a clipping from an unidentified Spanish-language (probably Argentinian) newspaper, which reads:

Chester Morris y Richard Dix, aparecen aqui en una escena de "Vuelo de rescate," nuevo film de R.K.O. Radio Pictures, que será estrenado el viernes en el Gran Rex.

Translation:

Chester Morris and Richard Dix, shown here in a scene from 'Flight of Rescue,' new film from RKO Radio Pictures, which will be released Friday at the Grand Rex.

If this is the same Gran Rex, it's the largest theater in South America. It opened July 8, 1937, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


LW2432b: 9600 dpi jpeg from original print purchased 2013 by Leon Worden.
THE MARINES FLY HIGH (RKO 1940)

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