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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"!

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Drama | Romance | War

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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(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

During the "night" time navy gunnery practice the naval commanders had daytime sky showing behind them. 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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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
(uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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The Marines Have Always Been Looking For A Few Good Men
20 December 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Stepping into the hero/heel part that Tyrone Power specialized in while at 20th Century Fox is John Payne as the spoiled kid of a former Marine officer, Minor Watson. Payne's hoping to get out of the Marines for a nice desk job in Washington, DC, but Watson's hoping that his former sergeant Randolph Scott, now a drill instructor will give Payne the necessary attitude adjustment.

Payne's getting an attitude adjustment in another direction too. He's fallen for pretty nurse Maureen O'Hara even though he's got Washington society girl Nancy Kelly pulling strings for him.

The part is such a perfect one for Tyrone Power that I'm sure it was offered to him and rejected and given to Payne who was hired by Darryl Zanuck because of his resemblance to Power and the fact he could sing opposite Alice Faye and Betty Grable. Power did similar roles in A Yank in the Raf and Crash Dive and in fact did serve in the Marines in the South Pacific after 1943.

The film was shot on location at the San Diego Marine training station and I visited San Diego a few years back and some of it looks pretty much the same. Harry Morgan made his feature film debut and if you look close you'll see that another one of the Marine recruits is the Skipper himself, Alan Hale, Jr.

To the Shores of Tripoli is badly dated and doesn't play real well against today's attitudes. Still it's a great example of a World War II propaganda piece.


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