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Destination Tokyo (1943)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, History, War  |  31 December 1943 (USA)
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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)  »

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Bestemming Tokio  »

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Trivia

The 'Hollywood Reporter' of 3 December 1943 announced that this movie's World Premiere in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was a Charity Benefit to aid crippled children. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the mission, Cassidy gathers the crew and tells them to "gather round". They break ranks and form a crowd around Cassidy. When they are dismissed after his speech, they are shown in ranks again. See more »

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'Cookie' Wainwright: [passing out Christmas presents, reading the labels] 'For Pills, the Pharmacist's Mate, a mournful knell; he dropped his vitamins down the periscope well!'
[all hands laugh]
'Cookie' Wainwright: 'The new kid forward is wiser but sadder... since he stepped on the skipper coming down the ladder!'
Tommy Adams: Hey, I apologized!
[more laughter]
'Cookie' Wainwright: 'On Wolf's grave a wreath is laid, since he tangled his line with that chambermaid!'
[more laughter as Wolf opens his present]
Wolf: [pulling out a skimpy nightie] Aww, you shoulda had it filled!
'Cookie' Wainwright: 'All...
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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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