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Betrayal from the East (1945)

Approved | | Action, Drama | 24 April 1945 (USA)
Before World War II, Japanese spies seek secrets of the Panama Canal.


William Berke


Alan Hynd (novel), Aubrey Wisberg (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Eddie Carter
Nancy Kelly ... Peggy Harrison
Richard Loo ... Lt. Cmdr. Miyazaki, alias Tani
Regis Toomey ... Agent Posing as 'Sgt. Jimmy Scott'
Abner Biberman ... Yamato
Philip Ahn ... Kato
Addison Richards ... Capt. Bates
Bruce Edwards ... Purdy - G-2 Agent
Hugh Ho Chang Hugh Ho Chang ... Mr. Araki (as Hugh Hoo)
Victor Sen Yung ... Omaya (as Sen Young)
Roland Varno ... Kurt Guenther
Louis Jean Heydt ... Jack Marsden
Jason Robards Sr. ... Charlie Hildebrand (as Jason Robards)
Drew Pearson Drew Pearson ... News Commentator


Just before World War II, Japan plants a network of spies and saboteurs in California. Agent Kato, seeking secrets of the Panama canal, recruits carnival barker Eddie Carter, who was there in the army. Also interested in Eddie is alluring Peggy Harrison: another secret agent?. Not as inclined to treason as Kato hoped, Eddie becomes a double agent in a deadly game against a devilish enemy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

24 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den gula faran See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Altoona Saturday 9 June 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10); it first aired in Detroit Thursday 16 August 1956 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Columbus Saturday 1 September 1956 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in Philadelphia Friday 14 September 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco Saturday 22 September 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in New York City Monday 15 October 1956 on WRCA (Channel 4), and in Pittsburgh (appropriately) Friday 7 December 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2). See more »

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Another try at the canal
16 June 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The most surprising thing about Betrayal From The East is that Drew Pearson put his time to it. In post war America Pearson was one of the earliest and most consistent critics of Senator Joseph McCarthy and the brand of right wing conspiracies he was peddling. It shocked me that he would lend his name to this kind of propaganda claptrap.

Lend it he did to this film which has the Japanese contacting former army guy Lee Tracy now a carnival barker to see if he could get the plans for the Panama Canal defense. Presumably Tracy's efforts in foiling the Japanese designs on the canal are the reason it was not a casualty of war.

I'm still trying to figure out why American agent Nancy Kelly who Tracy sees killed in San Francisco winds up in the Canal Zone on another assignment on the same case where Tracy is now. What were the writers thinking with?

The film is a cheap imitation of one of Humphrey Bogart's and John Huston's lesser films Across The Pacific. This makes that one look like Gone With The Wind.

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