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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.

Director:

H. Bruce Humberstone (as Bruce Humberstone)

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Steve Fisher (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Chris Winters
Maureen O'Hara ... Lt. Mary Carter
Randolph Scott ... Sgt. Dixie Smith
Nancy Kelly ... Helene Hunt
William Tracy ... Johnny Dent
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Okay Jones
Harry Morgan ... Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
Edmund MacDonald ... Butch Burke
Russell Hicks ... Maj. Wilson
Margaret Early ... Susie
Minor Watson ... Capt. Christopher Winters
Alan Hale Jr. ... 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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Taglines:

ROMANCE...COMEDY...THRILLS...with Uncle Sam's fighting "Devil Dogs"!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shores of Tripoli See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (1952 rerelease)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Payne's hairy chest was shaved for his "beefcake" scenes in order to give him a smooth look. 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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Connections

Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of the Volga Boatman
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Traditional
Hummed by the marines during the drill led by Winters
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Semper Fi!
6 October 2007 | by pageivSee 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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