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Destination Tokyo (1943)

Approved | | Adventure, History, War | 31 December 1943 (USA)
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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Release Date:

31 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bestemming Tokio  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A press release for this movie announced that "Cassidy's Children" (i.e. the children of Captain Cassidy played by Cary Grant) were portrayed by the children of this movie's director, Delmer Daves. Daughter Debby Cassidy was played by daughter Deborah Daves whilst son Michael Cassidy was played by son Michael Daves. Both children's character's first names were the same as their real first names (i.e. Debby/Deborah and Michael) and both cameo performances were uncredited. See more »


On more then one occasion the submarine is referred to as a ship, once by the captain himself. Apart from a brief effort by the US Navy in the 1950s to refer to submarines as ships, they have always been "boats" to the officers and crews who work on them. See more »


Worker on Golden Gate Bridge: [as the USS Copperfin, returning from its perilous mission, transits beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, inbound for San Francisco] Hey Eddie, ya' think that sub saw any action?
Other worker on Golden Gate Bridge: [Dismissively] Nah... Probably just out for a couple of practice dives.
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Till We Meet Again
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung and Played over the ship's speakers while the men are lying awake
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I fought World War Two at the Rodeo Theater
13 July 2002 | by (Norman, OK) – See all my reviews

I saw it at age seven, and the impact on me was no different than on adults. We struck back at the sneaking enemy. We were on the road to revenge for Pearl Harbor. Aside from all that, here is what I think today. Cary Grant was the perfect hero for us. He was calm and determined. He was real. Then there was John Garfield who spoke for all of us when he branded Japan as a police state. Dane Clark was very good, if somewhat emotional And Charlie of the Angels, John Forsythe, made his debut and he too was good. There was some propaganda, but really not that much. The movie demonstrated the perfect resolve of the USA to destroy the "Japs" as we called them in wartime. It is still a good flick.

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