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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:

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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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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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Soundtracks

The Song of the Volga Boatman
(uncredited)
Traditional
Hummed by the marines during the drill led by Winters
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The Marines Have Always Been Looking For A Few Good Men
20 December 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Stepping into the hero/heel part that Tyrone Power specialized in while at 20th Century Fox is John Payne as the spoiled kid of a former Marine officer, Minor Watson. Payne's hoping to get out of the Marines for a nice desk job in Washington, DC, but Watson's hoping that his former sergeant Randolph Scott, now a drill instructor will give Payne the necessary attitude adjustment.

Payne's getting an attitude adjustment in another direction too. He's fallen for pretty nurse Maureen O'Hara even though he's got Washington society girl Nancy Kelly pulling strings for him.

The part is such a perfect one for Tyrone Power that I'm sure it was offered to him and rejected and given to Payne who was hired by Darryl Zanuck because of his resemblance to Power and the fact he could sing opposite Alice Faye and Betty Grable. Power did similar roles in A Yank in the Raf and Crash Dive and in fact did serve in the Marines in the South Pacific after 1943.

The film was shot on location at the San Diego Marine training station and I visited San Diego a few years back and some of it looks pretty much the same. Harry Morgan made his feature film debut and if you look close you'll see that another one of the Marine recruits is the Skipper himself, Alan Hale, Jr.

To the Shores of Tripoli is badly dated and doesn't play real well against today's attitudes. Still it's a great example of a World War II propaganda piece.


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