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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 !


Adventure | History | War


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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?


Two members of the real-life US Navy submarine the 'Wahoo' were consultants and technical advisers on this film, according to a story in the ' New York Herald Tribune '. They were crew member Andrew Lennox and Lt. Cmdt. Dudley Walker Morton. As a way of saying "thank you" the chili and canned pumpkin used by "cookie" is labeled as being made by "Lennox". See more »


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 »


Capt. Cassidy: [Holding up the fuse mechanism of the Japanese bomb that Adams just defused] Got "Made in USA" stamped on it. The appeasers' "contribution" to the war effort.
Capt. Cassidy: [Hands it to the cook] Take it and stew it, Cookie.
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Home on the Range
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Played on the phonograph
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excellent "sub" picture that stands out from the norm
14 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There were a lot of war pictures made during WWII, though this one stands out as being far better than average. Part of this is the excellent acting and direction and part of this must be the result in writing an unusual plot for a submarine movie. Instead of just blowing up Japanese ships, the crew is ordered to sneak into Tokyo Bay. The tension, as a result of this slow covert mission, is incredible. About the only negative I can think of for the film is that there are more shots of toy subs AND the sides of the back lot pool in it than usual. Most sub films, if you look carefully, were filmed in these pools and the sides of the pool can occasionally be seen. However, the number of times you see the shot is fake is higher than normal, so it reduces my rating slightly.

FYI--try watching OPERATION PACIFIC (1951) after you see this film. In this sub movie, the crew trades movies with another sub crew so they can be entertained on their long missions. They trade a cowboy flick and are given DESTINATION TOKYO. Later, one of the crew members remarks that he liked the film, but it was REALLY SHORT ON REALISM!! That's funny, huh?!

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