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To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 29 July 1942 (Mexico)
Life at the Marine Training Base in San Diego on the eve of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Steve Fisher (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Chris Winters
Maureen O'Hara ... Lt. Mary Carter
Randolph Scott ... Sgt. Dixie Smith
Nancy Kelly ... Helene Hunt
William Tracy ... Johnny Dent
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Okay Jones
Harry Morgan ... Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
Edmund MacDonald ... Butch Burke
Russell Hicks ... Maj. Wilson
Margaret Early ... Susie
Minor Watson ... Capt. Christopher Winters
Alan Hale Jr. ... Tom Hall
Richard Lane ... Lieutenant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Crehan ... Uncle Bob (scenes deleted)
John Hamilton ... Gen. Gordon (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Sergeant Dixie Smith has more raw recruits to turn into Marines, if he can. Among them is cocky casanova Chris Winters, son of an officer, who's just tried to "mash" Mary Carter, a major's niece. Once on base, he finds Mary's a nurse and an off-limits officer. Does this stop him? Of course not. But his attitude problem soon puts him in a position where he must redeem himself, with December 7, 1941 fast approaching. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

ROMANCE...COMEDY...THRILLS...with Uncle Sam's fighting "Devil Dogs"!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shores of Tripoli See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (1952 rerelease)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Morgan's film debut. See more »

Goofs

It is full daylight at 5:00 a.m.. By the angle of the shadow it is approximately 10:00 a.m. See more »

Quotes

Chris Winters: Don't be that way come on let's go
Mary Carter: Sergeant?
Sgt. Dixie Smith: Yes, Ma'm
Mary Carter: Sergeant, can you explain to private Winters that as a Navy Nurse I hold the rank equivalent to a Lieutenant and at all times should be address in the same matter as a commissioner officer
Chris Winters: A Lieutenant?
Mary Carter: and he should state his business in a briefly and quickly matter as possible.
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Connections

Referenced in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marine Hymn
(uncredited)
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Geneviève de Brabant"
Lyrics attributed to L.Z. Phillips
Sung by chorus during the opening credits and played at various times throughout the picture
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Watching the Movie in 1942 in the South Pacific made it very real
28 September 2004 | by holy1See all my reviews

I agree with the evaluation of bsmith5552 that it is a disappointing flagwaver, and essentially a U.S.Marine recruitment film. But it has its own place in history. I have just been refreshed as to that place in history by watching again the film version of Leon Uris's first (and maybe best) novel, Battle Cry. Uris dramatized his own experience as a young marine, first training in the States, then in Wellington and elsewhere in New Zealand and finally fighting in the islands of the Pacific He has a fascinating picture of what it was like for young Americans to find themselves in a strange and previously unheard of land like New Zealand. I was a Kiwi teenager in Wellington at that time and can vouch for the accuracy of Uris' depiction of the impact of the descent of thousands of young marines on our city and of their interaction with the locals. To the Shores of Tripoli screened in Wellington in 1942, not long after Pearl Harbor, in the time the newly formed Marine Divisions were there preparing for their involvement in the war in the South Pacific. Through that film we saw on our screens the training only months earlier of the men who were now in our midst. Bsmith5552 speaks of the repetitive sequences of close order drill. I watched the marine band perform those intricate marching exercises in colour film in a local cinema ("picture theatre" in our brand of English). This was the same week I saw them do it live in Wellington. I was transfixed as I saw utterly committed young marines rise and stand to attention in their places in the cinema as the Marines Hymn came through on the film's sound track. I was not simply present at a piece of entertainment. I was watching live drama. To the Shores of Tripoli may not have been a great movie. But in the South Pacific in 1942, when we (maybe unlike today's Iraquis) welcomed the Marines as life savers, preserving us from a Japanese invasion, it had its place in the drama of that time. I viewed it sixty years ago with great interest. I would like the little niche it has in cinema history to be remembered.


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