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Tokyo Joe (1949)

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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Taglines:

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


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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

I Never Knew
(uncredited)
Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by an unidentified singer in Tokyo Joe's
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Postwar Melodrama not that bad
17 November 2006 | by bob_gilmore1See all my reviews

Several years ago I stumbled upon a 35 cent biography of Humphrey Bogart written shortly after his death. In it he comments on many of his films, including Tokyo Joe. "Utterly worthless picture" he noted. Many critics agree as they dismiss this piece of hokum about what happens when a former soldier returns to what was his "home town" before the war. Thing have changed. It is not the paradise it once was to him and it is certainly no "Rick's" Instead of "As Time Goes By" we hear "These Foolish Things," a better song but not nearly as famous.

Tokyo Joe was made not long after Bogey had left Warner Brothers and it has more than a whiff of a "message picture" that strikes to find some meaning in postwar Tokyo. But like "House Of Bamboo" this film works not only as melodrama but as historical artifact of a period that is now forgotten. We don't think of the Japanese as a defeated power. Ever since the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry started blowing away American competition we have thought of the Japanese as a superpower economically, not as a crippled defeated country. This film captures a mood that is rarely expressed in movies and it captures it with rather high production values. The rest of the cast isn't much but they play it straight and thus Tokyo Joe stands up even better after the initial viewing. The DVD transfer is very good and it remains a worthy addition to the Bogart canon.


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