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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 »




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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Jap Spy Secrets Exposed! See more »


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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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Excellent Picture for the 1940's!
2 June 2004 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This was a very well produced picture in B&W for the 1940's, it told about the Japanese trying to obtain vital information to be used against the United States in the Panama Canal and the horrible tortures they inflicted on American Citizens during those WWII War Years. Lee Tracy (Eddie Carter),"High Tide",'47, was a former Army soldier and was a wheel and dealer. However, his love of country forced him to work against Japanese spies like Richard Loo,(Lt. Cmdr.),"Battle Hymn",'57, who all during the War Years played hateful roles in many films as a "JAP" as they were called in the 1940's. It is foolish to be critical of this film, it was under budget and had a great story to tell the American People that we must be always ready to defend this great Country we live in. It was Germany and Japan and Italy in those years, today we have the same threat of TERROR!

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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