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To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 29 July 1942 (Mexico)
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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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Mary Carter
Sgt. Dixie Smith
Helene Hunt
William Tracy ...
Johnny Dent
Okay Jones
Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
Butch Burke
Maj. Wilson
Margaret Early ...
Minor Watson ...
Tom Hall
Richard Lane ...
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Uncle Bob (scenes deleted)
Gen. Gordon (scenes deleted)


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


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Release Date:

29 July 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Shores of Tripoli  »

Box Office


$2,300,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


(1952 rerelease)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maureen O'Haras' first film in Technicolor. She looked so good in it that she later earned the nickname "Queen of Technicolor". See more »


When Chris Winters is given temporary command of the platoon by Gunny Smith, and he leads close-order drill, the recruits' rifles are Springfield M1903s initially, then suddenly they are drilling with M1 Garands, and then the rifles are '03s again. See more »


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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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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Watching the Movie in 1942 in the South Pacific made it very real
28 September 2004 | by (Auckland, ew Zealand) – See 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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