Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This 75-minute celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps was assembled by the staff of The March of Time, under the supervision of Louis de Rochemont. The early portions of the film deal with the history of the Corps, from Colonial times to the present day (1942, that is). The film's midsection details the arduous training procedure of the Few and the Proud at Parris Island and elsewhere. Finally, wartime newsreel footage is adroitly blended with dramatized re-enactments to illustrate the contributions -- and the utter necessity--of the marines in WW II. We are the Marines was written by a four-man screenwriting staff, including Marine lieutenant John Monks Jr.