Tripoli

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Released 1950

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Director:
Will Price
Released:
1950
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Tripoli has become a haven for pirates and riff-raff that would threaten the United States' right to sail the seven seas. This 1950 Paramount Pictures film tells the story that gave inspiration to the U.S. Marine Corps hymn, "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli." In 1805, pirates from Africa's Barbary Coast had been capturing merchant ships and ransoming crews, setting off the First Barbary War. U.S. Warships are dispatched to the port to bottle up the pirate fleet. A squadron of Marines led by Lt. O'Bannion (John Payne) is sent into the port to attack the pirates from the rear. O'Bannion is to take his forces through the dessert and attack the pirates. Joining the Marines is Countess D'Arneau (Maureen O'Hara), the daughter of a diplomat who disguises herself and joins the march. O'Bannion and D'Arneau argue until they reach Tripoli. The film attempts to tell the story of the first time in history the U.S. flag is raised in victory on foreign soil, though historical accuracy wasn't the primary goal of the film.

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