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Across the Pacific (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 5 September 1942 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rick Leland
... Alberta Marlow
... Dr. H.F.G. Lorenz
... A.V. Smith
... Joe Totsuiko (as Sen Young)
Roland Got ... Sugi
Lee Tung Foo ... Sam Wing On
... Capt. Morrison
... Col. Hart
... Canadian Major
... Court-Martial President
Tom Stevenson ... Man Harassing Alberta
... Capt. Harkness
... Dan Morton
... Capt. Higoto
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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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Trivia

Most of the actors playing parts as Japanese were in fact of Chinese descent; these included: Keye Luke (Steamship Line Clerk,) Richard Loo (1st Officer Miyum,) Kam Tong (Dr. Lorenz manservant Oki,) Victor Sen Yung (Joe Totsuiko...) and several others. This is not totally unexpected considering that the film was made during WWII and a good many Japanese-Americans were interned. See more »

Goofs

The background for the opening titles is a map of the Panama Canal. The orientation of the map and the compass is correct, but the labeling of the map is incorrect. In fact, the Atlantic end of the canal and the city of Colon are at the upper left (Northwest), and the Pacific end of the canal and Panama City are at the lower right (Southeast). The map is correctly labeled behind the closing credits. 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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Adventure+Astor+Bogart+John Huston=Entertainment
10 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

John Huston's second film reunited three of his key actors from The Maltese Falcon(1941). This war time thriller takes place before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Across the Pacific(1942) is about a disgraced solider who tries to redeem himself by acting as a spy for the US government. Humphrey Bogart plays the American spy, Rick Leland in his most cool and suave performance. Leland's mission is to prevent the Japanese from bombing the Panama Canal.

Sydney Greenstreet as Dr. Lorenz gives a performance that's absolutely sinister. He would have made a perfect James Bond Villain had he lived during the 1950's. Across the Pacific(1942) is an entertaining motion picture that realisticly parallels the war that was occuring in the Pacific. Mary Astor is ravishing as the mysterious Alberta. Only the majority of the movie was completed for John Huston went off to join the war effort(another filmmaker involved with the film named Vincent Sherman ended up filming the final scenes).


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