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Across the Pacific (1942)

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Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-marshaled out of the army and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has ... See full summary »

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Charles Halton ...
A.V. Smith
Victor Sen Yung ...
Joe Totsuiko (as Sen Young)
Roland Got ...
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Capt. Morrison
Paul Stanton ...
Col. Hart
Lester Matthews ...
Canadian Major
John Hamilton ...
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Tom Stevenson ...
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Roland Drew ...
Capt. Harkness
Monte Blue ...
Dan Morton
Chester Gan ...
Capt. Higoto
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Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-marshaled out of the army and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has Leland really been booted out, or is there some other motive for his getting close to fellow passenger Doctor Lorenz? Any motive for getting close to attractive traveller Alberta Marlow would however seem pretty obvious. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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5 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Aloha Means Goodbye  »

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The film's original trailer copied the same format as the one for The Maltese Falcon (1941) (which had the same director and three of the same cast members), beginning with Sydney Greenstreet's face against an otherwise dark background as his voice narrated. See more »

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The background for the opening titles is a map of the Panama Canal. The orientation of the map and the compass is correct, but the labeling of the map is incorrect. In fact, the Atlantic end of the canal and the city of Colon are at the upper left (Northwest), and the Pacific end of the canal and Panama City are at the lower right (Southeast). The map is correctly labeled behind the closing credits. See more »

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Rick Leland: How are you doing, angel?
Alberta Marlow: I think I got pushed in the face by someone. My - My lipstick's smeared.
Rick Leland: Aww, you look cute.
Alberta Marlow: And now, if you'll excuse me, I'll go to my cabin... and faint.
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A Strange Title Since It's Set In The Atlantic, But A Nice Spy Caper
11 August 2003 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

A good spy caper starring Humphrey Bogart as Rick Leland, a court-martialled US Army officer who finds himself in the middle of a nifty little bit of espionage work on board a Japanese freighter bound from Halifax to Yokohama via the Panama Canal just before the attack on Pearl Harbour. Surrounded by a rather suspicious group of characters, from his love interest Alberta Marlow (Mary Astor) to Dr. Lorenz (Sydney Greenstreet), Leland slowly uncovers a Japanese plot to attack the Canal Zone (presumably also on December 7) and sets himself to preventing it.

This was a good performance by Bogart, along with good performances from Astor and Greenstreet. (For those not entirely familiar with Canadian geography, by the way, the pun is that Alberta claims to be from Medicine Hat, which is a small city in Alberta - almost TOO cute!) There's a fair amount of tension throughout as we struggle along with Leland to figure out exactly what's going on, and a nice climax as Leland foils the Japanese plan (Bogey had to win!)

A couple of things I thought were worth noting, though. First of all, what's with the title? All the action in the movie takes place either on the Japanese freighter as it travels south down the ATLANTIC coast of North America or in the Panama Canal Zone (with some minor scenes in Halifax, where Leland is rejected by the Canadian Army, and in New York City, where he snoops for information.) The only Pacific connection to the movie is that the freighter was Japanese. And remember, of course, that this was made in 1942 (after Pearl Harbour.) The depiction of the Japanese isn't especially flattering (although I thought it was more a play on stereotypes than openly antagonistic), and the closing shot of the film is the wartime requisite showing off of American military strength.

All in all, though, I enjoyed this movie immensely, and would highly recommend it.

8/10


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