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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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Trivia

This film was notable for how it downplayed the difficulties of basic training and focused on such things as marching, smart-looking uniforms, and a soft-touch instructor. Unlike the Army, the Marine Corps was an all-volunteer service and they needed to attract new recruits, which this film was very successful in doing. Naturally, the reality of things came as a sudden surprise for many recruits. See more »

Goofs

It is full daylight at 5:00 a.m.. By the angle of the shadow it is approximately 10:00 a.m. 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

Referenced in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Marine Hymn
(uncredited)
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Geneviève de Brabant"
Lyrics attributed to L.Z. Phillips
Sung by chorus during the opening credits and played at various times throughout the picture
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Before Sgt. Foley there was Sgt. Smith.
31 May 2006 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

After watching this movie, I now know where the "Officer and a Gentleman" screen writers probably got their idea for the character Sgt. Foley. Randolph Scott was the Sgt. Foley of the 1940s. This movie was made during World War Two, but it spares us the jingoistic propaganda associated with most war movies of that era and offers interesting and likable characters, especially Maureen O'Hara as a Navy nurse and John Payne as the recruit. While watching this movie I thought of Richard Gere and how he would have fit in well in this movie. The similarities between this movie and "Officer" must be more than just coincidental. "Officer" was more intense but this movie did not need to rely on such theatrics to maintain audience interest because the star of this movie was the USMC itself.


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