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Across the Pacific (1942)

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In December 1941, ex-army captain Rick Leland boards a Japanese ship heading to Asia via the Panama Canal where his Japanese hosts show interest in the American defense plans for the canal zone.

Directors:

John Huston, Vincent Sherman (uncredited)

Writers:

Richard Macaulay (screenplay), Robert Carson (serial "Aloha Means Goodbye")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Rick Leland
Mary Astor ... Alberta Marlow
Sydney Greenstreet ... Dr. H.F.G. Lorenz
Charles Halton ... A.V. Smith
Victor Sen Yung ... Joe Totsuiko (as Sen Young)
Roland Got Roland Got ... Sugi
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Sam Wing On
Frank Wilcox ... Capt. Morrison
Paul Stanton ... Col. Hart
Lester Matthews ... Canadian Major
John Hamilton ... Court-Martial President
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Man Harassing Alberta
Roland Drew ... Capt. Harkness
Monte Blue ... Dan Morton
Chester Gan ... Capt. Higoto
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Storyline

Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed, kicked out of the Army, and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has Leland really been booted out, or is there some other motive for his getting close to fellow passenger Doctor Lorenz? Any motive for getting close to attractive traveler Alberta Marlow would however seem pretty obvious. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Across the Pacific See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the Japanese is mentioned as a member of the "Kokuryukai", or Black Dragon Society. This was a nationalist Japanese organization, formed in 1901 to protect and develop Japanese interests, initially working against Russian expansion in Asia. In the US, during the Second World War, it became a convenient scapegoat for anti-Japanese propaganda and actions. See more »

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As Leland (Borgat) is entering through the glass door to the NYK Line Agent's Office (to buy a steamer ticket) there is a nearly square flag painted on the door. The flag shown is a red circle with TEN rays extending from it to the edges in a sunburst pattern. It NEVER existed! The appropriate ensign/flag for a non-military maritime organization such as Steamship Company in the immediate pre-war period would have been the meatball* on a field of white - or, the same as the nation's present flag. The nearest thing to what is shown is actually one with only eight rays flown by the "Japanese Ground Defense Force." It was the sunburst flag with sixteen rays that was widely - even universally, used by the Japanese military (Army & Navy) throughout WWII - generally up to 1945. ((*) The red circle used by the Japanese for both flags & aircraft roundels during this period was in those days uniformly referred to by all of the Allies (military & civilian alike) as "The Meatball.") See more »

Quotes

Rick Leland: How can you come from Medicine Hat?
Alberta Marlow: There's nothing wrong with Medicine Hat! It's hot in the summer, cold in the winter and nothing ever happens there!
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A fine, but very flawed, definition of 40's Pulp
1 September 2005 | by joeblondiemoncoSee all my reviews

This serves as a nice companion piece to "The Maltese Falcon", but DON'T compare it the masterpiece or you won't enjoy it. Also, keep in mind, this was during the beginning of WWII (obviously), so expect your typical "all Japanese are evil" racial stereotypes. It is upsetting to see that films like these just heightened the US's paranoia, driving us to send everyone of Japanese descent to internment camps.

You're going to really enjoy this film if you've seen modern Pulp adventures like the Indiana Jones trilogy or Sky Captain (though don't expect to see ANY mystical/sci-fi elements involved). This has it all: a hard-boiled hero, exotic locales, constant plot twists and turns, colorful villains, and a mysterious woman.

Bogart, as (almost) always plays the same character he always plays. but boy, does he fit in SO well into this film. Mary Astor, while not the pretty face that she was built up to be here and in "The Maltese Falcon", gives another great performance, and unlike Bogart, she was always able to give characters in a similar vein (in this case, the mysterious woman), each their own personalities. Her Alberta Marlow is not at all like "schoolgirl" Brigid O'Shaughnessey, but (at least openly) tougher, a perfect match with Bogart during their exchanges of dialogue, while remaining to be extremely ambiguous, never making sure whether or not she's an ally or a femme fatale. When all is revealed, looking back on it things made perfect sense with her character's attitude.

Sydney Greenstreet adds another great villain to his own rogues gallery. Here he's a man obsessed with Japanese culture and way of life, so much that he has become apart of and accepted by "the enemy". Victor Sen Young, who played a great shark grinned scumbag in "The Letter", does good here, looking very happy that he at least was able to speak coherently for once in a motion picture.

Huston's direction is really worth looking at, especially visually stunning during a sequence at a movie theater. Without his obvious presence and Bogart, this film would have just been another propaganda story of espionage. Sadly, when he had to leave the film for war duty, the final scenes were shot by otherwise competent (but nothing special) director Vincent Sherman. The final 15 minutes seem extremely out of place with the rest of the film, and its a shame Huston wasn't around a little bit longer to round up what could have been a quintessential piece of a feature 40's pulp movie.

Worth seeing, its a film that falls short of greatness, but man is it entertaining.


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