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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

Director:

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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They stormed the fortress capital of the Barbary Pirates ... and marched straight into history! 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions 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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Pretty boring
29 April 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In case you saw To the Shores of Tripoli, a 1942 military romance starring John Payne and Maureen O'Hara, you might assume Tripoli, a 1950 military romance starring John Payne and Maureen O'Hara, would be exactly the same movie. It's not. Neither one of them is very good, but they are quite different.

Tripoli takes place in the early 1800s. Pirates in Libya fight against the Marines, and the subsequent march through the desert and battle show audiences why the first line of the USMC theme song starts the way it does. However, the movie is pretty boring, and without the forced romance between John and Maureen, it might have put me to sleep. She starts the movie involved with Phillip Reed, and it's clear she has no real feelings for him but is only after his money and his title. But, since Hollywood was pretty racist back then, it's beyond clear she won't end up with the non-white guy. There's really no suspense, and it's no surprise that she falls for the first white guy she meets.

Unless this part of history or battle in particular really interests you, find yourself another war movie. There are thousands to choose from.


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