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Tokyo Joe (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | November 1949 (USA)
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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Anya, Trina's daughter
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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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BOGART'S GOT A BLONDE IN TOKYO - and a bullet for the guy who gets careless with her! See more »


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SCAP, an acronym used several times in the movie, stood for "Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers." This was not only the title given to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, head of the Occupation forces, but was also used to refer to the offices of the Occupation - a staff of several hundred U.S. civil servants as well as military personnel who administered the Occupation of Japan. See more »

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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: First I fly the seat off my pants, and then they repossess the pants.
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Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) See more »

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I Never Knew
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Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by an unidentified singer in Tokyo Joe's
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Waste, wast, waste!
28 May 2009 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

This could have been a great movie. Post World War II location movies have an intriguing atmosphere. Post-war Japan offered a terrific setting, but the obvious backlot location, with cheesy process shots trying to pass for a Japanese location, ruins the effect.

Alexander Knox is great, sardonic but principled, and Sessue Hayakawa is deliciously malign. Florence Marly is a poor substitute for Lisbeth Scott -- or couldn't Bogey get his own wife Lauren Bacall to work for scale? Bogey himself looks a little shopworn. Even the love child is fat-faced and unappealing.

Compromise pervades the film, from the cardboard sets to the hack director. Because it was cheap, exterior shots were minimal, and so the action scenes, which could have made for a more exciting story, give way to lots of talky interior stuff.

As the studio system weakened, star-owned production companies, like Bogart's, Burt Lancaster's and Alan Ladd's, were in vogue. Stars can't resist the chance to star in a movie where they don't have to take direction, so they often hire weak directors, usually with dismal results. This is one of them.


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