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To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Chris Winters
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Lt. Mary Carter
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Sgt. Dixie Smith
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Helene Hunt
William Tracy ...
Johnny Dent
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
Okay Jones (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
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Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
Edmund MacDonald ...
Butch Burke
Russell Hicks ...
Maj. Wilson
Margaret Early ...
Susie
Minor Watson ...
Capt. Christopher Winters
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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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Release Date:

25 September 1942 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

The Shores of Tripoli  »

Box Office

Gross:

$2,300,000 (USA)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(1952 rerelease)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the finale John Payne is trying to change clothes while marching with his Marine Corps platoon. He later said that trying to remove and put on his trousers for this scene was the hardest part of the movie. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, a recruit is reminded to address Sergeant Smith as "sir". This is incorrect as only commissioned officers in the Marines are so addressed. However, this rule might not have been strictly followed when this movie was made. 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

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) 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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Semper Fi!
6 October 2007 | by (Flint, MI) – See all my reviews

I never heard of this movie until I saw it on FMC. As a former Marine I thought it stellar, though I'd never consider it a "war flick". Like the synopses says, it's about a cocky recruit and a hard core sergeant that knew his dad in WWI trying to turn him around.

I'm amazed at the poor ratings here, there isn't much action, which may explain the 5.8 vote here, but the all star cast gives a knock down performance.

The best part of this is a remembrance when Hollywood would line up for the military's help in making a movie with it shot at MCRD San Diego.

This movie isn't about rouge officers, or sadistic NCO, it's not about military cover-ups, it's a great American movie about average people serving their country.


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