Underrated flag-waiver, and O’Hara is gorgeous!
But what it does have is a great cast, great production values and the distinction of the first pairing the lovely Maureen O’Hara, stunning in beautiful early Technicolor, and John Payne. Arguably this is one of the great, if minor, pairings of the 40’s (“Sentimental Journey”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, etc.) that culminated in a return to the Marine/Tripoli theme: In 1950 the pair would almost single-handedly capture the city in “Tripoli”.
Is it great cinema? Nah…but it’s a fun picture to watch for buffs.
Before Sgt. Foley there was Sgt. Smith.