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Across the Pacific (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 5 September 1942 (USA)
Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed, kicked out of the Army, and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. ... See full summary »

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Joe Totsuiko (as Sen Young)
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Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed, kicked 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 traveler Alberta Marlow would however seem pretty obvious. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Most of the actors playing parts as Japanese were in fact of Chinese descent; these included: Keye Luke (Steamship Line Clerk,) Richard Loo (1st Officer Miyum,) Kam Tong (Dr. Lorenz manservant Oki,) Victor Sen Yung (Joe Totsuiko...) and several others. This is not totally unexpected considering that the film was made during WWII and a good many Japanese-Americans were interned. See more »

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When Rick is using the machine gun, the end of the ammunition belt is clearly visible as he is firing. When he stands up a second later, the belt goes all the way to the ground. See more »

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Sam Wing On: You no need money? Sam smell big fish.
Rick Leland: Sam keep nose clean. Sam no smell fish. No catchy trouble.
Sam Wing On: All the time, you like trouble. Maybe so, Dr. Lorenz trouble?
Rick Leland: Maybe so.
Sam Wing On: Gal too?
Rick Leland: I don't know Sam. I hope she's all right.
Sam Wing On: She got your bad. Much trouble. All the time, much trouble.
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Bogie plays another 'Rick"
25 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Films made around this time always have an interesting behind the scenes story, and "Across the Pacific" from 1942 is no different.

Rick Leland (Humphrey Bogart) is court-marshaled and booted out of the service; he then heads for Canada and attempts to enlist, but the Canadians know who he is and say they can't use him.

Leland then leaves on a Japanese ship for the Orient, making no bones about the fact that his talents are for sale! He meets an attractive woman, Alberta Marlow (Mary Astor) and one Dr. Lorenz (Sidney Greenstreet). Lorenz loves the Japanese and its people, and speaks the language very well.

You'll probably guess most of this.

This is a Maltese Falcon template, with the exception of the absence of Peter Lorre. John Huston directed, but when we entered the war, he left to do documentary films for the government. Vincent Sherman started the film at a difficult moment in the action, and he asked Huston how a particular situation would be resolved. Huston said, "That's your problem!" and left.

Originally this film had to do with stopping an attack on Pearl Harbor, but we all know what happened there, so the plot was changed to the Panama Canal.

I liked this film - there is a lot of light repartee between Bogart and Astor, which is fun and makes the film less intense than it might have been. They worked very well together. And you really can't beat Sidney Greenstreet when it comes to being slimy.

The majority of the Japanese in the movie were actually Chinese since most of the Japanese were interred, a black mark not often discussed, which is odd.

Some exciting action and solid work by all the cast.


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