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Destination Tokyo (1943)

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In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore.

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Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Explosive ! . . . And As Big As The Broad Pacific !

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Adventure | History | War

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31 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bestemming Tokio  »

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Tom Tully and Warner Anderson who appear in this movie would also appear together in The Caine Mutiny (1954) and the police drama series The Lineup (1954) (a.k.a. San Francisco Beat). See more »

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On Christmas morning, one of the crew mentions Christmas 1941 in the past tense, meaning that this is Christmas 1942 or later. After that, the boat supports Doolittle's Raid, which occurred 18 April 1942. See more »

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Narrator: To the United States Navy, our thanks for making this picture possible. To the gallant officers and men of the silent service, to our submarines on war patrol in hostile waters, good luck, and... good hunting!
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The Japanese Sandman
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
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A classic made-during-the-war film
24 March 2001 | by (Colchester, Vermont) – See all my reviews

This film is a bona-fide classic. Made during the height of the war, and before it was a foregone conclusion that the Allies would prevail, it shows a surprisingly detailed (if romanticized) portrayal of life in the "Silent Service". The characters are finely drawn with a craftsman director's skill, and are the archetypes for subsequent films, not derivative cartoons.

This, like all films made during the war, must be taken in context as a form of propaganda. But it is still a fine effort that produces lasting impressions. Remember that a large number of viewers in theaters had family or friends serving in the military, and must have been astonished to see how their loved ones were fighting the war. While many technical details were abstracted for obvious security reasons, there are sufficiently accurate scenarios to satisfy. The appendectomy performed by a pharmacists mate with no surgical training was a real incident adapted for the screen.

All in all, a memorable epic which, like Casablanca, tells a story from a sense of urgency we cannot recreate today. Invaluable, and deserving of a good DVD transfer.


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