TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI
DIRECTED BY H. BRUCE HUMBERSTONE
PRODUCED BY MILTON SPERLING/ DARRYL F. ZANUCK
MUSIC BY ALFRED NEWMAN
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Information from IMDb
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
John Payne .... Pvt. Chris Winters
Maureen O'Hara .... Lt. Mary Carter
Randolph Scott .... Sgt. Dixie Smith
Nancy Kelly .... Helene Hunt
William Tracy .... Johnny Dent
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom .... Okay Jones
Harry Morgan .... Mouthy (as Henry Morgan)
Edmund MacDonald .... Butch
Russell Hicks .... Maj. Wilson
Margaret Early .... Susie
Minor Watson .... Capt. Christopher Winters
Alan Hale Jr. .... Tom Hall
Richard Lane .... Lieutenant on Minesweeper
Joseph Crehan .... Uncle Bob (scenes deleted)
John Hamilton .... Gen. Gordon (scenes deleted)
Iris Adrian .... Okay's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews .... Doctor (uncredited)
Hugh Beaumont .... Orderly (uncredited)
Charles Brokaw .... Officer (uncredited)
Hillary Brooke .... Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. .... Bellboy (uncredited)
Robert Conway .... Ens. Thomas (uncredited)
Esther Estrella .... Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Patricia Farr .... Girl (uncredited)
James Flavin .... Warden (uncredited)
Marissa Flores .... Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Chester Gan .... Chinese man watching parade (uncredited)
William Haade .... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Vinton Haworth .... Officer with binoculars (uncredited)
Gordon Jones .... MP at Main Gate (uncredited)
Knox Manning .... Newscaster (uncredited)
Patrick McVey .... Radio Operator (uncredited)
James C. Morton .... Bartender (uncredited)
Anthony Nace .... Corporal (uncredited)
Ted North .... Bill Grady (uncredited)
Frank Orth .... The Barber (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton .... Corporal (uncredited)
Walter Sande .... Pharmacist's Mate (uncredited)
Byron Shores .... Captain (uncredited)
Harry Strang .... Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
Frank Sully .... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Charles Tannen .... Swifty (uncredited)
Elena Verdugo .... Spanish dancer (uncredited)
Basil Walker .... Joe Sutton (uncredited)
Dave Willock .... Sailor in Car (uncredited)
Harold Yager .... USMC Band Member (uncredited)
Steve Fisher story
William V. Skall
Maureen O'Haras' first film in Technicolor. She looked so good in it that she later earned the nickname "Queen of Technicolor".
Harry Morgan's film debut.
The exercise scene that takes place during Basic Training was filmed using actual Marines stationed at San Diego Recruit Depot as extras.
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.
When Chris and Helene hear the incredible news of the Pearl Harbor bombing on the radio, Helene exclaims that "It's Orson Welles!" She's referring to the notorious "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast of October 1938, when Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater of the Air convinced at least thousands of Americans that Martians had landed in New Jersey.
Continuity: During the "night" time navy gunnery practice the naval commanders had daytime sky showing behind them.
Factual errors: In the naval target shooting scenes, the water pillars after a miss should be many times higher and not the two meters seen.
Factual errors: In the film, Smith's character is often addressed as "Sergeant" or even sometimes "Sarge". Smith wears three chevrons and two rockers of a Gunnery Sergeant. In the Marine Corps, NCO's are always addressed by their full rank. Thus, he would be addressed by all as "Gunnery Sergeant", or -if he allowed it- "Gunny".
Factual errors: In several scenes, Winters and his other members of his platoon are shown - while still in boot camp - wearing the Enlisted Service Uniform "A", complete with Marine Corps emblem. Recruits in boot camp are not issued such a uniform until graduation and are definitely not allowed to wear the Marine Corps emblem (the globe and anchor), as they are not considered to be Marines until they have graduated boot camp.
Factual errors: In one scene in which the John Payne character is in his Service Green uniform his pistol qualification badge has a second bar, meaning he has earned that rating two years in a row. Being a new recruit, there's no way he could have earned that second bar.
Factual errors: Under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, fraternization (personal relationship between an officer and an enlisted man) is prohibited. Mary Carter, as a lieutenant, would never be permitted to date Chris Winters, who was a recruit/private.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In several instances Chris Winters (John Payne) and Sgt. Smith (Randolph Scott) are shown flicking lit cigarettes away, or grinding them into the ground. This would never be allowed as Marines were taught to field strip cigarettes, spreading the ashes and tobacco and rolling the paper into a tiny ball.
20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA
Marine Base, San Diego, California, USA