Tripoli (1950)

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    • Tripoli (1950)



      [IMG:]Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      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

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    • 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

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    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Tripoli

      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.
    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Tripoli (1950)


      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 !!!

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    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Tripoli (1950)