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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Joseph 'Joe' Barrett
... Mark Landis
... Trina Pechinkov Landis
... Baron Kimura
... Danny
... Idaho
... Ito
Hideo Mori ... Kanda
... Gen. Ireton
... Col. Dahlgren
... Anya, Trina's daughter
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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 raids the Tokyo underworld to save his woman from Japan's crime baron ! See more »


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Hildegard Knef was one of the candidates for the female lead. See more »

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When Joe is received by Anya, in 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

Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: First I fly the seat off my pants, and then they repossess the pants.
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Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) See more »

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London Bridge is Falling Down
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Traditional nursery song
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Waste, wast, waste!
28 May 2009 | by See 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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