Tripoli (1950)

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In 1805, the United States battles the pirates of Tripoli as the Marines fight to raise the American flag



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Da Silva ...
Phillip Reed ...
Lowell Gilmore ...
Connie Gilchrist ...
Herbert Heyes ...
Alberto Morin ...
Emil Hanna ...
Grandon Rhodes ...
Frank Fenton ...
Rosa Turich ...
Ray Hyke ...


The U. S. Marine Corps hymn starts with"From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli", and this film's story purports to be the reason why, and is give or take a few incidents in this movie: It is 1805 and the Tripoli pirates have challenged America's right to freedom of the seas---all of them, anywhere---so United Stares warships were sent to that port to bottle up their fleet and set the riff-raff right concerning who could sail where. (History begins to suffer a bit along about this point.) A U. S. Marine unit, headed by Lieutenant O'Bannon, was sent to attack them from the rear. He organized his unit around Hamet, Pasha of Tripoli, in exile after being overthrown by his brother. In Hamet's court was Sheila D'Arneau, a diploma's daughter, who disguises herself as a dancing girl, and joins the group of eight U. S. Marines and Hamet supporters in their march across the Libyan desert. O'Bannon and Shelia argue all the way to Tripoli. Written by Les Adams <>

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From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli ... the guts-and-glory story of the U.S. Marines! See more »


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9 November 1950 (USA)  »

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The First Marines  »

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1.37 : 1
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Countess D'Arneau: Oh, I might have known.
Lt. O'Bannion: You're lucky, those sentries have orders to shoot to kill.
Countess D'Arneau: Why didn't you tell me that instead of scaring me to death?
Lt. O'Bannion: Nobody can tell you anything. We better get back before they take a shot at both of us.
[He tries to help her up]
Countess D'Arneau: I am able to get up myself!
[she fell]
Countess D'Arneau: Oh, now look what you did!
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nerdy americana
27 November 2002 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

kenneth roberts deserves credit as the author of a book made into two separate movies: (a) Lydia Baily a serious movie which explores the racial conflict in the haitian rebellion when Afro-French (Haitians) claimed the rights of Frenchmen to Liberte Egalite et Fraternite and (b) regrettably Tripoli, america's war with certain peoples of a near eastern background, the radicals of their time belonging to a certain religious grouping.

the movie is nerdy in its presentation of american fighting men confronting the culture of the exotic near east. particularly the movie makes LT O'Bannon into a sexually repressed nerd, unable to speak in the presence of beveiled women.

I gave this movie a six instead of the zero it deserves because the young american republic is so poorly represented in the cinema.

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