It’s a picture [from the play by Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings] that has everything except an out-and-out love story of the calibre of the one in The Big Parade. But where it lacks in that it certainly makes up in sex stuff and comedy.
There is a wallop right at the beginning in the two short sequences showing both Flagg and Quirt as sergeants of the marines in China and the Philippines. Right here the conflict between the two men, whose trade is soldiering, over women is set down, yet with a light touch of comedy.
Victor McLaglen stands out bigger than he ever has. He is the hardboiled Capt Flagg, and his role gets far greater sympathy than that of Sergeant Quirt, which Edmund Lowe plays.
As for the Charmaine of Dolores Del Rio, she registers like a house afire. It is no wonder that she had the whole army after her.
To Raoul Walsh a great deal of credit will have to go. His handling of the war stuff is little short of marvelous.