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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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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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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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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

In the finale John Payne is trying to change clothes while marching with his Marine Corps platoon. He later said that trying to remove and put on his trousers for this scene was the hardest part of the movie. See more »

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In the naval target shooting scenes, the water pillars after a miss should be many times higher and not the two meters seen. 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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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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Despite all its shortcomings, forced patriotism, and light as air plot, I enjoyed it
18 June 2006 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

To the Shores of Tripoli is the kind of movie that I generally don't care for. The title may conjure images of Marines fighting and dying on some foreign shore, but you won't find that here. Instead you'll find a flag-waving recruitment film that makes Marine basic training look like a trip to summer camp. The movie makes it seem that the entire eight week training is made up of little more than marching and doing drills in a parking lot. And when these guys aren't in the parking lot, they're pulling pranks and wooing nurses they've been told to leave alone. Abbott and Costello's Buck Privates has more in the way of military realism than To the Shores of Tripoli.

Yet despite all its shortcomings, forced patriotism, and light as air plot, I enjoyed To the Shores of Tripoli. I was somehow able to put my brain on hold and go along for the ride. It's harmless, good-natured fun. Most of my enjoyment probably comes from the three main leads. John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, and Randolph Scott do a solid job with what they're given to work with. Much of the comedy works, particularly the hospital scene where Payne fakes an injury to be near O'Hara. And, To the Shores of Tripoli has an innocence to it that you don't find in movies anymore that I find appealing.


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