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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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31 December 1943 (USA)  »

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Bestemming Tokio  »

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Before disarming the bomb, Tommy (Robert Hutton) tells the captain that his nickname back home was "Slim". Hutton was also nicknamed "Slim" in the movie Hollywood Canteen (1944). See more »

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Footage of the bombing raid includes several shots of bombs falling from the bomb bay. One shot shows six bombs falling from one plane and another shot shows seven bombs. The B-25's that flew in the Doolittle Raid were armed with three 500 pound bombs and one incendiary cluster for a total of four bombs per plane. See more »

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Reserve Officer Raymond: How'd you happen to volunteer for the submarine service, Captain?
Capt. Cassidy: [Coyly] Well, when I was a kid, I used to get a kick outta' swimming underwater.
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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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