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Tripoli (film)

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Director  Will Price
Music director  Lucien Cailliet
Language  English
5.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Adventure, History
Story by  Winston Miller
Country  United States
Tripoli (film) movie poster
Release date  November 9, 1950 (1950-11-09)
Writer  Will Price (story), Winston Miller (story), Winston Miller (screenplay)
Cast  Maureen O'Hara (Gräfin D'Arneau), John Payne (Lt. O'Bannion), Howard Da Silva (Capt. Demetrios), Phillip Reed (Hamet Karamanly), Grant Withers (Sgt. Derek), Lowell Gilmore (Lt. Tripp)
Similar movies  Maureen OHara and John Payne appear in Tripoli and To the Shores of Tripoli

Tripoli is a 1950 American adventure film directed by Will Price and written by Winston Miller. The film is a fictionalized account of the Battle of Derna at Derna, a coastal town in modern eastern Libya in April 1805 against Tripoli, one of the four Barbary states in North Africa and stars John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Howard Da Silva, Phillip Reed, Grant Withers, Lowell Gilmore and Connie Gilchrist. The film was released on November 9, 1950, by Paramount Pictures.


Tripoli (film) movie scenes

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The USS Essex is maintaining a blockade of the port of Tripoli by the small United States Navy Mediterranean squadron. American diplomatic Consul William Eaton (1764-1811), (Herbert Heyes) comes on board to recruit a commando squad for a secret mission. Lt. Presley O'Bannon, (1776-1850), of the U.S. Marine Corps, (John Payne) and Lt. Tripp (Lowell Gilmore) are selected for a raid on Derna a coastal town to the east, with the aid of native and mercenary forces. Hamet Karamanly (Phillip Reed), former pasha of Derna supplies men in exchange for being restored to his throne which was taken by his brother. Countess Sheila D’Areneau (Maureen O'Hara) stays with the Pasha and everyone presumes she is his mistress, while she angles into persuading him to marry her. O'Bannon recruits a native force of mercenaries - Greeks, Turks and Arabs to accompany his U.S.Marines, and some American soldiers and Navy midshipmen. O'Bannon and Countess D’Arneau meet and are attracted to each other, but both refuse to admit it to themselves.

Countess D’Arneau convinces Hamet that the Americans plans to turn him over to his brother, but O’Bannon gets him to change his mind. Countess D’Arneau defies O’Bannon and accompanies the expedition from Alexandria, Egypt across the North African deserts, but he forces her to travel with the camp followers. After a waterhole is poisoned, the expedition has to cross a dune sea to reach the next waterhole ahead of the poisoners. O’Bannon kisses the Countess and the force has to endure a sandstorm. Hamet’s brother offers him a deal, half the kingdom in return for getting rid of the Americans. They reach the coast twelve days late and the American navy squadron under Commodore Samuel Barron is not yet there. There is almost a mutiny before the navy arrives. Hamet tells his brother the plan of attack on Derna. When the Countess learns of this, she rides to warn O’Bannon. He leads a surprise attack (Battle of Derna) on the city and captures it. Lt. O’Bannon and the Countess become a couple.


  • John Payne (1912-1989), as Lt. Presley O'Bannon, USMC (1776-1850)
  • Maureen O'Hara (1920-2015), as Countess Sheila D'Arneau
  • Howard Da Silva (1909-1986), as Capt. Demetrios
  • Phillip Reed (1908-1996), as Hamet Karamanly
  • Grant Withers (1904-1959), as Sgt. Derek, USMC
  • Lowell Gilmore (1906-1960), as Lt. Tripp, USMC
  • Connie Gilchrist (1901-1985), as Henriette
  • Alan Napier (1903-1988), as Khalil
  • Herbert Heyes (1889-1958), as American Consul William Eaton, (1764-1811)
  • Alberto Morin as Il Taiib
  • Emil Hanna as Interpreter
  • Grandon Rhodes (1904-1987), as Commodore Samuel Barron, (U.S. Navy - Mediterranean squadron), (1765-1810)
  • Frank Fenton (1906-1957), as Capt. Adams, USN
  • Rosa Turich as Seewauk
  • Ray Hyke as Crawford
  • Walter Reed (1916-2001), as Wade
  • Paul Livermore as Evans
  • Gregg Barton (1912-2000), as Huggins
  • Don Summers as Langley
  • Jack Pennick (1895-1964), as Busch
  • Ewing Mitchell (1910-1988), as Elroy
  • References

    Tripoli (film) Wikipedia
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