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Tokyo Joe (1949)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  November 1949 (USA)
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An American returns to Tokyo try to pick up threads of his pre-WW2 life there, but finds himself squeezed between criminals and the authorities.

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Florence Marly ...
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Baron Kimura
Jerome Courtland ...
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Gordon Jones ...
Idaho
Teru Shimada ...
Ito
Hideo Mori ...
Kanda
Charles Meredith ...
Gen. Ireton
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Col. Dahlgren
Lora Lee Michel ...
Anya, Trina's daughter
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Storyline

Joe Barrett returns to Tokyo after World War II where he once owned a bar, Tokyo Joe's, and deserted his wife Trina. They have a seven-year-old daughter. Kimura forces Joe into piloting war criminals by revealing that during the war Trina made treasonous propaganda broadcasts. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Fighting a New Kind of Underworld ! See more »


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Tokio Joe  »

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Trivia

This was the first movie allowed to film in post-war Japan. See more »

Goofs

After the judo scene with Joe and Ito; and while they are standing around talking about the old days, singing starts. Joe runs up stairs to find the girl he thought dead, and he finds a record playing. He searches around the upstairs room and finely finds the record player playing; but who starts the record player? Record players needed someone to turn them on; there were no timers in those days. See more »

Quotes

Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: Hey, whatever became of the rattrap hotel that used to be next door?
Ito: The B-29's converted it into a parking lot.
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: Well, it's lucky they stopped when they did, or all Tokyo'd be a parking lot. Next time it'll be the whole world and nothing left to park
Ito: Come upstairs, Joe. They don't understand a word of English - unless they listen.
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Referenced in 2 Days in the Valley (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I Never Knew
(uncredited)
Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by an unidentified singer in Tokyo Joe's
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A dispirited star melodrama…

Bogart is a former nightclub owner who returns to postwar Japan to pick up his life with a wife (Florence Marly) he had deserted, only to find that she had remarried and was the mother of his seven-year-old daughter…

In the ensuing complications, Bogart is placed in a position where he must smuggle some Japanese war criminals back into Japan or his daughter will be killed…

Bogart is much less convincing than in his "Across the Pacific" days, where he was also required to deal with villainous Japanese…

For an actor who had belabored the point that he had been forced to do too many bad films because he had no control over the properties, it is disappointing to see him making extremely bad films now that he did have full control...


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