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


Certificate:

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

John Payne and Maureen O'Hara also appeared together in another "Tripoli"-named film--To the Shores of Tripoli (1942). 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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Maureen O'Hara and John Payne fighting each other again more than the war.
25 February 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This would not have been worth much seeing if it hadn't been for the expedition made from upper Egypt down to Libya with hardships and sandstorms and other frustrating complications along the way by Qattara (Remember "Ice Cold in Alex?" This was 140 years earlier.). This is the realistic part of the film, and it is the more interesting for taking place in 1805 - the war in question is that against Napoleon, which is never mentioned. Maureen O'Hara is a stranded countess courted by a local prince, John Payne runs into her by chance and gets trouble with her from the start, so it seems he just seeks her out to have someone to quarrel with. It's the usual story. Their quarrel and nagging goes on throughout the film until it's time for them to focus their interest on more important matters, like a navy which doesn't want to take orders from John Payne. The military battle in the end is just the usual tearing down the whole city stone by stone after first demolishing the interiors of every palace worth some sight-seeing. Howard de Silva saves the show as an intrepid Greek captain with a company of his own, and hardly anyone of the Americans would have survived without his contribution. It was the first time the American flag was planted outside the States and unfortunately not the last time. A silly story made as spectacular as possible and saved only by history and adventure, but the music throughout is excellent.


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