1940s To The Shores Of Tripoli (1942)

Published on May 28th, 2007 | by Chris

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To The Shores Of Tripoli (1942)


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At the end you realize you've just been fed a nice healthy dose of prime wartime propaganda (and a good example of early color!), but that's ok. I give this a 6/10 just because, well, its interesting enough to watch, just once, but not so much so that I'd give it another go....

To The Shores Of Tripoli (1942)OK, So maybe "To The Shores of Tripoli" isn't so much a "war movie" as a "wartime movie", but I think it still fits the bill....

It's the journey of one Chris Winters (John Payne) who joins the Marines in chase of a dame, one Mary Carter (Maureen O'Hara), who it seems is also a Navy Nurse! The film is more about Winters and his struggle to win Mary over, and although he doesn't know it yet, to come to terms with himself.

Throughout, Winters is torn between not wanting to be in the Corps, and wanting to be with Carter, which he can't due to regulations. He's also got to fight the legacy of his father, and his drill sergeant (Randolph Scott.)

It turns out, though, that Winters is quite the capable Marine, and proves it on several occasions. Most notably saving his former drill sergeant from certain death, to both of them.

He comes to realize that he's Marine material at the end, when he learns of the attack on Pearl Harbor, just as he's leaving for his arranged desk job....

At the end you realize you've just been fed a nice healthy dose of prime wartime propaganda (and a good example of early color!), but that's ok. I give this a 6/10 just because, well, its interesting enough to watch, just once, but not so much so that I'd give it another go....

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If it weren't so clearly a product of the precise moment when the U.S. had just suffered the Japanese sneak attacks of December 1941, To the Shores of Tripoli might easily be mistaken for the definitive parody of World War II Hollywood jingoism by a latter-day satirical troupe--say, the SCTV gang...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: 20th Century Fox
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • John Payne
  • Maureen O'Hara
  • Randolph Scott
  • Nancy Kelly
  • William Tracy

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Randolph Scott and John Payne!!, February 14, 2014
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First, by today's standards, this movie is very tongue in cheek, and honestly not very representative of the "real" Navy or the Marine Corps. This movie was actually started before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and released in about March of 1942 (I think), and probably could be considered a "recruiting tool" for the time. I first saw this movie in 1957 or 1958 as a very young boy, and of course then in was in black and white. To me the movie is just entertaining with some great actors of the time, Randolph Scott (who was actually a US Marine in WWII), John Payne, and Maureen O'Hara, of whom I had such a boyhood crush!!!

But THIS movie was the one that ignited the flame for me so many years ago to actually join the Marines many years later (1969). Well, this one and the host of USMC based WWII movies released in the late 1940's and 1950's. And for USMC vets and junkies out there, I believe this is the only movie where you'll hear all three verses of the... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars movie played perfectly but it did suck. I am a marine and found so many ..., March 5, 2015
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there is nothing wrong with seller. usps lost it but was found. movie played perfectly but it did suck. I am a marine and found so many probs with it, it made me sick. there is no way the usmc would have run a boot canp that way. get the movie, the di. its more on target the way it actually was then
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pre-Pearl Harbor Marine Story, April 18, 2014
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I love Randolph Scott, John Payne and Maureen O'Hara. They make a great ensemble cast in this film about a tough as nails Marine Drill Sergeant, a beautiful Navy Nurse and a spoiled college boy who happens to be the son of a retired Marine officer. The story takes place prior to Pearl Harbor being bombed. The spoiled college boy actually becomes a good Marine and a good man as well. This is one of my favorite of the WWII genre films.
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To The Shores Of Tripoli (1942) Chris

Summary: At the end you realize you've just been fed a nice healthy dose of prime wartime propaganda (and a good example of early color!), but that's ok. I give this a 6/10 just because, well, its interesting enough to watch, just once, but not so much so that I'd give it another go....

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