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Destination Tokyo -- 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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Release Date:
31 December 1943 (USA) See more »
Explosive ! . . . And As Big As The Broad Pacific !
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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One of the Best of the World War Two Films See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Capt. Cassidy

John Garfield ... Wolf

Alan Hale ... 'Cookie' Wainwright
John Ridgely ... Reserve Officer Raymond

Dane Clark ... Tin Can
Warner Anderson ... Andy

William Prince ... Pills
Robert Hutton ... Tommy Adams
Tom Tully ... Mike Conners

Faye Emerson ... Mrs. Cassidy
Peter Whitney ... Dakota
Warren Douglas ... Larry

John Forsythe ... Sparks

John Alvin ... Sound Man
Bill Kennedy ... Torpedo Gunnery Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson ... Officer (uncredited)
Warren Ashe ... Major (uncredited)

Joy Barlow ... Wolf's Girl (uncredited)
Harry Bartell ... Crewman (uncredited)

Whit Bissell ... Yo Yo (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Man on Phone (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Crewman (uncredited)
William Challee ... Rocky the Quartermaster (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Hornet's Admiral (uncredited)
Bob Creasman ... Sailor (uncredited)
Warren Cross ... Sailor (uncredited)
Angelo Cruz ... Second Japanese Float Pilot (uncredited)
Deborah Daves ... Debby Cassidy (uncredited)
Michael Daves ... Michael Cassidy (uncredited)
Jimmy Evans ... Sailor (uncredited)

Benson Fong ... Japanese (uncredited)
Wing Foo ... Japanese at Listening Post (uncredited)
John Forrest ... Sailor (uncredited)
Roland Got ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)
Kirby Grant ... Hornet's Captain (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ... Pete - Lieutenant (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... B-25 Crewman (uncredited)
William Hudson ... 'Copperfin' Intercom Man (uncredited)
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Naval Air Officer (uncredited)
Bill Hunter ... Market Street 'Commando' (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ... Sailor (uncredited)
Mary Landa ... Tin Can's Girl in Photo (uncredited)

Paul Langton ... 'Copperfin' Crewman-Barber (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Japanese at Listening Post (uncredited)
George Lee ... Japanese on Beach (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Japanese (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... 'Copperfin' Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
Bob Lowell ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Cy Malis ... Sailor (uncredited)
Lou Marcelle ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ralph McColm ... Ensign (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Admiral's Aide (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Toscanini (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Chief of Naval Operations (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Navy Officer in Conference (uncredited)

Eleanor Parker ... Mike's Wife on Record (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Parry ... Sailor (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... PBY Seaplane Pilot (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Crewman (uncredited)
Dorothy Schoemer ... Saleslady (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... 'Copperfin' Helmsman (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Army Officer in Conference (uncredited)

Mark Stevens ... Admiral's Aide (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... 'Copperfin' Ballast Operator (uncredited)
Ya Sing Sung ... Japanese on Beach (uncredited)
John Sylvester ... Sailor (uncredited)
Frank Tang ... First Japanese Float Pilot (uncredited)
Charles S. Thompson ... Rear Admiral (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Crewman (uncredited)
Wally Walker ... Crewman (uncredited)
Jay Ward ... Crewman (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Yeoman 1st Class (uncredited)
John Whitney ... Communications Officer (uncredited)
Alan Wilson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Bruce Wong ... Japanese Antenna Man (uncredited)
Duke York ... Duke - 'Copperfin' Crewman (uncredited)

Directed by
Delmer Daves 
Writing credits
Steve Fisher (original story)

Delmer Daves (screen play) and
Albert Maltz (screen play)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Christian Nyby (film editor) (as Chris Nyby)
Vladimir Barjansky (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
Set Decoration by
Walter F. Tilford (set decorations) (as Walter Tilford)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Scheld .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Beckman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Harper Goff .... set designer (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects director (as Lawrence Butler)
Willard Van Enger .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Benny Cohan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joe Cramer .... best boy (uncredited)
Owen Crompton .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ed Henderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roe Ramsey .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arrangements (as Leon Raab)
William Lava .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Phillip Compton .... technical advisor (as Lt. Comdr. Phillip Compton)
James Leicester .... montages
Andy Lennox .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Dudley Walker Morton .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Florence O'Neill .... script clerk (uncredited)
Ken Whitmore .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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135 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (certificate #9521)

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Film debut of Whit Bissell.See more »
Factual errors: The B-25 takeoff sequence taking place on the Hornet goes back and forth between studio shots and actual footage. The problem with the studio shots is the fact that the planes pictured were Lockheed Hudsons, not B-25 Mitchells. The Hudsons used were originally built by Lockheed for export to Britain and bear no resemblance whatsoever to a Mitchell. The Hudson was a taildragger and the Mitchell used a tricycle landing gear. Warner's was very close to the Lockheed plant in Burbank and leftover Hudsons popped up in all sorts of Warner's films throughout the war.See more »
Capt. Cassidy:[the 'Copperfin' has just completed its long transit to just off the coast of Japan] Attention all hands: We're lying off the Japanese mainland... Thought you'd like to know.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hollywood on Trial (1976)See more »
The Japanese SandmanSee more »


Who was the actor (or name of the sailor) who was operated on for appendicitis. He looked and had mannerisms like James Stewart. Just wondering if he was any kin to him.
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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best of the World War Two Films, 10 September 1999
Author: Kirasjeri from Brooklyn NY

For those who hate America and think the Second World War was "useless", this will be a corny movie and propaganda. For the rest of us it is a classic of the very real heroism America's "silent service", the submarines, went through for years on and under the Pacific fighting Japanese militarism. In this case the submarine has to get into Tokyo Bay in April of 1942 to assist Doolittle's raiders (see "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo"). The cast is marvelous, and don't think for a moment a crew didn't feature characters from all parts of America, from Brooklyn to Texas. The warmth and togetherness of the crew was a very true depiction of life inside a WW II submarine. The special effects were certainly standard an acceptable by 1940's standards. Cary Grant is especially effective and touching as the captain. Recommended highly.

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