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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.

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(as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story)
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Cast

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Lt. Mary Carter
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Sgt. Dixie Smith
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Helene Hunt
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Johnny Dent
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Okay Jones
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Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
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Butch Burke
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Maj. Wilson
Margaret Early ...
Susie
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Tom Hall
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Lieutenant
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Uncle Bob (scenes deleted)
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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

Certificate:

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Release Date:

29 July 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Shores of Tripoli  »

Box Office

Gross:

$2,300,000 (USA)
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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 the opening scene, Dixie Smith is explaining why Marines are called 'Leathernecks', describing how Reuben James saved Stephen Decatur at the Battle of Tripoli. A recruit corrects Sgt. Smith, saying is was actually Daniel Frazier who saved Decatur. A 'discussion' ensues, wherein Smith points out the key point is they were Marines. Unfortunately. neither man is right: Frazier and James were both sailors and neither ever served in the Marine Corps. 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 Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Semper Fidelis
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the drill led by Winters and during the last parade
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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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