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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(1952 rerelease)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The exercise scene that takes place during Basic Training was filmed using actual Marines stationed at San Diego Recruit Depot as extras. 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 »

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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Underrated flag-waiver, and O'Hara is gorgeous!
24 November 2001 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This plot of this film- selfish rich boy joins the armed forces and by turns is converted into a red-blooded selfless team player- is often called cliche'. However, you have to bear in mind that it wasn't at the time it was made; It was one of the genre of plots that became cliche' latter (In fact, it is basically a color remake of "I Wanted Wings"...a much better film IMHO... substituting the Marines for the Air Corps.)

But what it does have is a great cast, great production values and the distinction of the first pairing the lovely Maureen O'Hara, stunning in beautiful early Technicolor, and John Payne. Arguably this is one of the great, if minor, pairings of the 40's ("Sentimental Journey", "Miracle on 34th Street", etc.) that culminated in a return to the Marine/Tripoli theme: In 1950 the pair would almost single-handedly capture the city in "Tripoli".

Is it great cinema? Nah...but it's a fun picture to watch for buffs.


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