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Tripoli (1950)

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

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Will Price

Writers:

Will Price (story), Winston Miller (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Payne ... Lt. O'Bannion
Maureen O'Hara ... Countess D'Arneau
Howard Da Silva ... Capt. Demetrios
Phillip Reed ... Hamet Karamanly
Grant Withers ... Sgt. Derek
Lowell Gilmore ... Lt. Tripp
Connie Gilchrist ... Henriette
Alan Napier ... Khalil
Herbert Heyes ... Gen. Eaton
Alberto Morin ... Il Taiib
Emil Hanna Emil Hanna ... Interpreter
Grandon Rhodes ... Cmmdre. Barron
Frank Fenton ... Capt. Adams
Rosa Turich ... Seewauk
Ray Hyke Ray Hyke ... Crawford
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Storyline

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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The First Marines See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time this film was made, Maureen O'Hara was married to its director, Will Price. See more »

Goofs

The Battle of Derna took place in 1805, as stated in the opening of the film. The flag that O'Bannion raises over the city of Derna shows only 15 stars. Kentucky was the 15th state to be admitted in 1792. Tennessee was admitted in 1796 and Ohio in 1803, making a total of 17 states by 1805, meaning the flag should properly have shown 17 stars. See more »

Quotes

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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This movie needs to be re-cut
19 July 2011 | by johanson17See all my reviews

I have to disagree with the other reviewers of this film, in that what they thought was a plus I found extremely negative. That of course I am talking about the incredibly annoying character Countess D'Arneau played by Maureen O'Hara. The character of the Countess D'Arneau seems like it was written for a different movie, or every other action was written for a different movie. The movie therefore cannot choose which way it wants to go, sweet romantic comedy or macho manly movie about solders racing across the desert. Unfortunately it tries to do both and fails miserably. It is very possible to re-cut the film and take out every scene with Maureen O'Hara. This would leave us with a dandy little historical war film (although short). Obviously this left me very disappointed because there are so few films about the time and subject and when one is as good as this it gets ruined by Hollywoods need to put a leading lady into every film.

Bottom line... Unless you are willing to fast forward through the needless drivel avoid this one. If you are willing than the rest is a well acted and well staged piece of American history.


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