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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)

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(screenplay), (original story)
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Cast

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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
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Susie
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Capt. Christopher Winters
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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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ROMANCE...COMEDY...THRILLS...with Uncle Sam's fighting "Devil Dogs"!

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

29 July 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Shores of Tripoli  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(1952 rerelease)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For no apparent reason Maureen O'Hara had her trademark red hair dyed brunette for this role. See more »

Goofs

GySgt "Dixie" Smith displays six hash marks on his dress blues. Each one represents 4 yr. of service. So at most, he would have 27 yr. in the Corps. Since the movie is set in the latter half of 1941, that means he joined the Marines in 1914. The U.S.A. entered WW1 in 1917, the war ended in 1918. Dixie Smith declares early in the movie that Mr. Winters, Senior, Chris Winters's old man, was Dixie's platoon leader or company commander (I don't believe it is specified) and Dixie the senior noncom in the unit; and later in the movie, Mr. Winters explains that Dixie was his platoon sergeant or company first sergeant (again, not clearly specified) during the war. I don't believe that Smith would, only three years in, have held either of those positions...perhaps in a unit suffering extensive casualties, yes...but the dialogue implies that Dixie was an old veteran noncom even during WW1, which his hash marks don't suggest. 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 Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of the Volga Boatman
(uncredited)
Traditional
Hummed by the marines during the drill led by Winters
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Before Sgt. Foley there was Sgt. Smith.
31 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

After watching this movie, I now know where the "Officer and a Gentleman" screen writers probably got their idea for the character Sgt. Foley. Randolph Scott was the Sgt. Foley of the 1940s. This movie was made during World War Two, but it spares us the jingoistic propaganda associated with most war movies of that era and offers interesting and likable characters, especially Maureen O'Hara as a Navy nurse and John Payne as the recruit. While watching this movie I thought of Richard Gere and how he would have fit in well in this movie. The similarities between this movie and "Officer" must be more than just coincidental. "Officer" was more intense but this movie did not need to rely on such theatrics to maintain audience interest because the star of this movie was the USMC itself.


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