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Tokyo Joe (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | November 1949 (USA)
An American returns to Tokyo try to pick up threads of his pre-WW2 life there, but finds himself squeezed between criminals and the authorities.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Steve Fisher (story), Walter Doniger (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Joseph 'Joe' Barrett
Alexander Knox ... Mark Landis
Florence Marly ... Trina Pechinkov Landis
Sessue Hayakawa ... Baron Kimura
Jerome Courtland ... Danny
Gordon Jones ... Idaho
Teru Shimada ... Ito
Hideo Mori Hideo Mori ... Kanda
Charles Meredith ... Gen. Ireton
Rhys Williams ... Col. Dahlgren
Lora Lee Michel ... Anya, Trina's daughter
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Storyline

Joe Barrett returns to Tokyo after World War II where he once owned a bar, Tokyo Joe's, and deserted his wife Trina. They have a seven-year-old daughter. Kimura forces Joe into piloting war criminals by revealing that during the war Trina made treasonous propaganda broadcasts. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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BOGART'S GOT A BLONDE IN TOKYO - and a bullet for the guy who gets careless with her! See more »


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Trivia

SCAP, an acronym used several times in the movie, stood for "Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers." This was not only the title given to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, head of the Occupation forces, but was also used to refer to the offices of the Occupation - a staff of several hundred U.S. civil servants as well as military personnel who administered the Occupation of Japan. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is received by Anya at her birthday party, he is holding the gift box in front of him. The next shot shows him holding the box under his arm. See more »

Quotes

Mark Landis: We usually have Martini's, is that alright with you?
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: Bourbon.
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Connections

Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Strachey
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz (as Holt Marvell) and Harry Link
Sung on a record several times
Sung by Florence Marly at the Tokyo Joe cabaret in flashback
Reprised by an unidentified female at the Tokyo Joe cabaret
Variations in the score throughout the film
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Waste, wast, waste!
28 May 2009 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

This could have been a great movie. Post World War II location movies have an intriguing atmosphere. Post-war Japan offered a terrific setting, but the obvious backlot location, with cheesy process shots trying to pass for a Japanese location, ruins the effect.

Alexander Knox is great, sardonic but principled, and Sessue Hayakawa is deliciously malign. Florence Marly is a poor substitute for Lisbeth Scott -- or couldn't Bogey get his own wife Lauren Bacall to work for scale? Bogey himself looks a little shopworn. Even the love child is fat-faced and unappealing.

Compromise pervades the film, from the cardboard sets to the hack director. Because it was cheap, exterior shots were minimal, and so the action scenes, which could have made for a more exciting story, give way to lots of talky interior stuff.

As the studio system weakened, star-owned production companies, like Bogart's, Burt Lancaster's and Alan Ladd's, were in vogue. Stars can't resist the chance to star in a movie where they don't have to take direction, so they often hire weak directors, usually with dismal results. This is one of them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Joe See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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