Tripoli (1950)

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    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    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

    Full Cast
    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 .... Interpreter
    Grandon Rhodes .... Cmmdre. Barron
    Frank Fenton .... Capt. Adams
    Rosa Turich .... Seewauk
    Ray Hyke .... Crawford
    Walter Reed .... Wade
    Paul Livermore .... Evans
    Gregg Barton .... Huggins
    Don Summers .... Langley
    Jack Pennick .... Busch
    Ewing Mitchell .... Elroy

    Writing Credits
    Winston Miller also story
    Will Price story

    William H. Pine
    William C. Thomas

    Original Music
    Lucien Cailliet

    James Wong Howe

    Memorable Quotes

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Maureen and John Payne, must like Tripoli,
    as this is the second movie, they made together, with it in the title,
    the first being, To The Shores of Tripoli (1942)

    A good solid film, with Maureen, once again teamed with John Payne,
    an actor she made several appearances with.
    It was scenic, and with a good script,
    finished off with a credible battle scene
    Look out for Duke favourites, Grant Withers and Jack Pennick.

    User Review

    Entertaining and Solid; an Intelligent Script and Good Cast Plus Action Scenes,
    Author: silverscreen888 from United States


    This is a strongly-scripted and well-made adventure film, with solid stars in Maureen O'Hara, John Payne and Howard da Silva . But its directorial history is a bit curious. Will Smith, then O'Hara's husband, had been wanting to direct. he got his chance with this movie and did a creditable job as producer and as director However, he had been cheating on her, so the couple divorced soon afterward and Price only directed two forgettable movies thereafter. The story told herein is of a mission featuring a force of US marines sent to combat the 18005 activities of the "Barbary Pirates", North African corsairs who were stopping the ships of other nations and robbing them or worse. The Marine's Hymn refers in the line "to the shores of Tripoli", to this same action. Maureen O'Hara, lovely and talented as ever, plays a French countess inexplicably betrothed to a local bigwig; Da Silva is humorous and excellent as a Greek mercenary hired to help Payne's marines find and destroy the pirates and their stronghold. Much of the film's footage concerns desert treks, during which the male-female conflict between Payne and O'Hara turns into something much more than mere instant dislike. There are some very -fine achievements connected with this attractive color production. James Wong Howe did the cinematography, Winston Miller and Price the script, Yvonne Wood the costumes, Alfred Kegerris the sets and Howard Pine the action and second- unit footage, which is far-above average. Those actors who contributed to this fast-moping and unusually-intelligent film included Philip Reed as the Countess's nefarious pursuer, Grant Withers, Connie Gilchrist, Alan Napier, Herbert Heyes, Lowell Gilmore, Grandon Rhodes and Rose Turich. There is a visually-exciting concluding battle and a happy ending. Favorite line: Greek da Silva modestly replying to US brass's thanks by saying, "Always glad to help a young country get started." A favorite film of mine, for several reasons; this is more than just a vehicle for the stars; it has dialogue, lovely scenic values and very good blocking, acting and overall production qualities.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Time to bump this one a bit. Tripoli is one of my favorite movies and they just don't show it enough on tv. It's got romance, action, humor, history all in one. And it's based on an actual event, though, the real leader of the expedition was not Lt. O'Bannion. He was there but, he was a more minor character in this piece of history. Doesn't matter, though. This one is a pretty good flick and should not be missed.

  • :wink_smile:

    The only film directed by the second husband of Maureen and it was a commercial success ...

    In commerce, often confused with "To the Shores of Tripoli" ...

    A small clip


    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!

    Edited 2 times, last by Romy ().

  • :wink_smile:

    .......................... The pictures from the film ................

    Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
    French-English translation: poor !!!

    Edited once, last by Romy ().