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Destination Tokyo (1943)

Approved | | Adventure, History, War | 31 December 1943 (USA)
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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Capt. Cassidy
... Wolf
... 'Cookie' Wainwright
... Reserve Officer Raymond
... Tin Can
... Andy
... Pills
... Tommy Adams
... Mike Conners
... Mrs. Cassidy
... Dakota
... Larry
... Sparks
... Sound Man
... Torpedo Gunnery Officer
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Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Explosive ! . . . And As Big As The Broad Pacific !

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Adventure | History | War

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Bestemming Tokio  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the Copperfin is regarded as a Gato-class boat, based on studio footage, she would more correctly be a Salmon-class or Sargo-class boat. The only Gato-class sub in commission on December 7th, 1941, the USS Drum, was first deployed to Hawaii in April, 1942 and began her first patrol three days before the Doolittle Raid. The Salmon, Sargo, and Tambor fleet submarines were the only boats in commission in 1941 with the range to reach Japan. Additionally, when Copperfin attacks the Japanese carrier it fires 4 torpedoes each from its fore and aft tubes, which would be the configuration of a Sargo or Salmon-class sub. (The Tambor's had six forward tubes.) The torpedo controls on the Copperfin show lights for a four and four configuration. See more »

Goofs

As the Copperfin is approaching their rendezvous in the Aleutians, they are submerged at periscope depth. The man on the sonar calls out depths of 1000 and 800 fathoms (6000 and 5400 feet respectively). The scene changes to show the boat moving submerged with the ocean bottom clearly visible only a couple of hull heights below. If the bottom were 5,400 feet below, it would not be visible sunlight only penetrates approximately 600 feet. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Cassidy: There was a democratic movement in Japan after the last war. What happened?
Reserve Officer Raymond: The leaders were assassinated.
Andy - Executive Officer: Well, what about the people?
Capt. Cassidy: They have no voice now. Starvation is the big stick, isn't it, Raymond?
Reserve Officer Raymond: That's right, sir. The big wage is seven dollars a week. They have no unions, no free press... nothing.
Capt. Cassidy: They do what they're told.
Reserve Officer Raymond: I'm afraid most of them believe what they're told - like that "hero" who knifed your torpedo man. They've been sold a swindle, and they accept it.
Andy - Executive Officer: But how can ...
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Soundtracks

The Japanese Sandman
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan
Sung and Played when the captain is about to inform his officers of their orders
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A classic made-during-the-war film
24 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is a bona-fide classic. Made during the height of the war, and before it was a foregone conclusion that the Allies would prevail, it shows a surprisingly detailed (if romanticized) portrayal of life in the "Silent Service". The characters are finely drawn with a craftsman director's skill, and are the archetypes for subsequent films, not derivative cartoons.

This, like all films made during the war, must be taken in context as a form of propaganda. But it is still a fine effort that produces lasting impressions. Remember that a large number of viewers in theaters had family or friends serving in the military, and must have been astonished to see how their loved ones were fighting the war. While many technical details were abstracted for obvious security reasons, there are sufficiently accurate scenarios to satisfy. The appendectomy performed by a pharmacists mate with no surgical training was a real incident adapted for the screen.

All in all, a memorable epic which, like Casablanca, tells a story from a sense of urgency we cannot recreate today. Invaluable, and deserving of a good DVD transfer.


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