John Payne ■ Maureen O'Hara
War between the United States and the Tripoli pirates in 1805 sets the scene for action, adventure and violence as the Marines fight to raise the American flag on Tripoli.
Tripoli is not one of Maureen O'Hara's best movies, nor is it even remotely historically accurate, but it is different from the majority of her other films, it's neither a western nor a pirate movie, so it's worth the time spent watching it at least once.
This is also one of the several films Maureen O'Hara did with John Payne and it is quite different from their more famous roles in Miracle On 34th Street.
One of the highlights of the movie, for me, are all the lovely costumes with their mix of early 1800's and desert styles.
If you love old movies like I do or if you just love The Queen Of Technicolor give Tripoli a watch. It might even inspire you, like it did me, to do a little reading on the actual historical events.
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
Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif., USA
Countess D'Arneau: Oh, I might have known.
Lt. O'Bannion: You're lucky, those sentries have orders to shoot to kill.
Countess D'Arneau: Why didn't you tell me that instead of scaring me to death?
Lt. O'Bannion: Nobody can tell you anything. We better get back before they take a shot at both of us.
[He tries to help her up]
Countess D'Arneau: I am able to get up myself!
Countess D'Arneau: Oh, now look what you did!