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To the Shores of Tripoli Details


One of the first big-studio productions to acknowledge America's entry into WWII, 20th Century-Fox's To the Shores of Tripoli was filmed with full the cooperation of the US Marine Corps. John Payne plays Chris Winters, a wealthy, wise-lipped young Marine recruit who learns the true meaning of "Semper Fidelis" the hard way, courtesy of tough-as-nails drill sergeant Dixie Smith (Randolph Scott). Chris also falls in love with Navy nurse Mary Carter (Maureen O'Hara in her first Technicolor appearance), which leaves his poor hometown sweetheart Helene Hunt (Nancy Kelly) in the lurch. By film's end, Chris is one of the Few and the Proud as he and his buddies are shipped off to combat overseas. Portions of To the Shores of Tripoli were filmed in Hawaii just before the Pearl Harbor attack; according to studio publicity, some of the cameramen managed to capture portions of the Japanese raid on film, though none of these scenes seem to have made their way into the final release print. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward J. Cronjager Best Color Cinematography 1942 Nominee


John Payne
as Chris Winters
Maureen O'Hara
as Second Lt. Mary Carler
Randolph Scott
as Dixie Smith
Nancy Kelly
as Helene Hunt
William Tracy
as Johnny Dent
Edmund MacDonald
as Butch
Russell Hicks
as Maj. Wilson
Minor Watson
as Capt. Winter
Ted North
as Bill Grady
Charles Tannen
as Swifty
Alan Hale, Jr.
as Tom Hall
Margaret Early
as Susie
Frank Orth
as Barber
Iris Adrian
as Blonde
Joseph Crehan
as Uncle Bob
John Hamilton
as Gen. Gordon
Stanley Andrews
as Doctor
Richard Lane
as Lieutenant
Gordon Jones
as Corporal
Walter Sande
as Pharmacist's Mate
Frank Coghlan, Jr.
as Bellboy
Patrick McVey
as Radio Operator
James Flavin
as Warden
Elena Verdugo
as Spanish dancer
James C. Morton
as Bartender
Patricia Farr
as Girl
Byron Shores
as Captain
Vinton Haworth
as Officer
William Haade
as Truck Driver
Harry Strang
as Chief Petty Officer
Charles Brokaw
Hillary Brooke
Hugh Beaumont
as Orderly
Knox Manning
as Newscaster
Frank Sully
as Truck Driver


H. Bruce Humberstone
Darryl F. Zanuck
Lamar Trotti
Edward J. Cronjager
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Milton Sperling
Associate Producer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer