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To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  25 September 1942 (Argentina)
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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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Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
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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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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  »

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$2,300,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(1952 rerelease)| (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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When Chris and Helene hear the incredible news of the Pearl Harbor bombing on the radio, Helene exclaims that "It's Orson Welles!" She's referring to the notorious "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast of October 1938, when Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater of the Air convinced at least thousands of Americans that Martians had landed in New Jersey. See more »

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In the film, Smith's character is often addressed as "Sergeant" or even sometimes "Sarge". Smith wears three chevrons and two rockers of a Gunnery Sergeant. In the Marine Corps, NCO's are always addressed by their full rank. Thus, he would be addressed by all as "Gunnery Sergeant", or -if he allowed it- "Gunny". 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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Semper Fidelis
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the drill led by Winters and during the last parade
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Underestimated flag-waving war romance pre-World War II...
19 February 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

PEARL HARBOR seems to have borrowed elements of its plotline from TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI--only this time the cocky hero with plenty of attitude is JOHN PAYNE and the Navy nurse he falls in love with is MAUREEN O'HARA. The scene where she gets even with him in the dispensary is reminiscent of the much more graphic event in PEARL HARBOR's early courtship scene.

Anyway, as patriotic flag-waving recruitment films go, this one is typical of what the public clamored for during World War II. I'm sure the stirring drill scenes and dress parade moments, combined with stirring soundtrack music, were geared to get marine enlistments into high gear. And maybe they succeeded.

Having put in some military years at the San Diego Naval base, much of the background looks achingly familiar to me. All of the location scenes at the military base have the requisite real flavor while the story itself is the timeless cliche about the spoiled rich boy who is given the rough treatment by a sergeant who wants to turn him into a tough marine. Naturally the over confident military brat becomes a hero in time to rescue his sergeant during a mine sweeping operation--and in time to ensure a happy ending for his romance with nurse O'Hara.

JOHN PAYNE is at his best as the cocky young marine, his left eyebrow getting its usual workout as he seeks to outmanouver everyone in his path. He also gets to show off his splendid physique in the scene where hot-tempered O'Hara plays a dirty trick on him. RANDOLPH SCOTT is excellent as the drill sergeant and others in the cast are up to par--including NANCY KELLY in a rather thankless assignment as "the other woman".

MAUREEN O'HARA is stunning in technicolor but, as usual, has virtually little to do aside from looking gorgeous in a number of close-ups. Her role is typical of the many innocuous cardboard heroines she had to play in the '40s.

Summing up: Nice marine recruitment film, if a bit obvious in its patriotism.


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