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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokio 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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Trivia

This was the first movie allowed to film in post-war Japan. See more »

Goofs

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

Photo sergeant: [taking a photograph] Stand as close to the bar as you can, sir.
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: That's been one of my troubles.
Photo sergeant: What's that, sir?
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: I, uh...
[pause]
Joseph 'Joe' Barrett: Skip it.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

London Bridge is Falling Down
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Traditional nursery song
Played at Anya's birthday party
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Bogart in Japan
19 August 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Tokyo Joe" from 1949 was the first film that was allowed to film in post-war Japan. Produced by Bogart's Santana Productions, it's just fair.

Bogart plays Joe Barrett, who returns to Japan after the war to start a business. While there, he discovers that his wife Trina (Florence Marly) is still alive. However, when he finds her, he discovers that she has divorced him and remarried a man named Mark Landis (Alexander Knox). Joe is determined to get her back and needs to extend his visa; he is approached by Baron Kimura (Sessue Hayakawa) who wants him to front an airline freight company for him. He would be importing frozen frogs. However, there is some additional freight, and for that, Kimura blackmails Joe by telling him what Trina was involved in during the war, which he will make public if Joe doesn't work with him.

This film bears a passing resemblance to Casablanca, and Bogart is clearly going through a transition which would lead to some of his greatest films and performances in the '50s. Rick of Casablanca is clearly pretty tired out. Being a small company, Santana Productions did not make big films or hire actors equal to Bogart, so the effect here is mediocre.

Florence Marly as Trina is a disaster - cold, very haughty looking, without much acting ability. It's impossible to see why Joe fell for her in the first place. She is no Ilse Lund, and she has no chemistry with Bogart. Her intentions are very unclear as well - as an actress, it doesn't look like she made any decisions about the character. Alexander Knox and Sessue Hayakawa are very good. Bogart, for my money, is always terrific.

Definitely worth seeing for the Japanese location and for Bogart. It's not horrendous, but considering that Bogart starred in so many classic films, it's not that good.


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