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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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Adventure | History | War

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Bestemming Tokio  »

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Trivia

The appendectomy done in this film actually happened. It was performed on the USS Silversides SS236. Pharmacist's mate Thomas Mooere removed George Platter's appendix 150 feet below the ocean's surface. Photographs of the surgery are on display where this submarine is docked, in Muskegon, Michigan, at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum. See more »

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Cassidy looks through the periscope from the sub and sees Mt Fuji as though it were right on the shoreline. You can only see the tip of Mt Fuji from sea level in Tokyo Bay and only on a clear day. Mt Fuji is 300 miles away in Kyoto. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Cassidy: There was a democratic movement in Japan after the last war. What happened?
Reserve Officer Raymond: The leaders were assassinated.
Andy - Executive Officer: Well, what about the people?
Capt. Cassidy: They have no voice now. Starvation is the big stick, isn't it, Raymond?
Reserve Officer Raymond: That's right, sir. The big wage is seven dollars a week. They have no unions, no free press... nothing.
Capt. Cassidy: They do what they're told.
Reserve Officer Raymond: I'm afraid most of them believe what they're told - like that "hero" who knifed your torpedo man. They've been sold a swindle, and they accept it.
Andy - Executive Officer: But how can ...
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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
In the score when the Christmas menu is shown
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A great film
8 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

With all the stir over Bruckheimer and Bay's silly PEARL HARBOR action ride, you might want to see some more realistic and gritty war films. Among them should be the historical retelling of Pearl Harbor in TORA! TORA! TORA! and the Doolittle raid in THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO.

The Doolittle raid would not have been possible without the scouting job of the submarine that snuck into Tokyo bay to guide the plains in over the city. This film gives a rousing account of that mission as well as a beautifully done propaganda job to keep the troops and folks back home energized during the war.

The film still stands up well as a genuine action adventure. Definitely a movie for those who enjoy great film.


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