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Stopover Tokyo (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | December 1957 (Austria)
An American intelligence agent is sent to Tokyo to track down a Communist spy ring.


Richard L. Breen


Richard L. Breen (screenplay), Walter Reisch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Mark Fannon
Joan Collins ... Tina Llewellyn
Edmond O'Brien ... George Underwood
Ken Scott ... Tony Barrett
Reiko Oyama Reiko Oyama ... Koko
Larry Keating ... High Commissioner
Sarah Selby ... High Commissioner's Wife


In the post-World War II years, the United States and Japan make efforts to strengthen their friendship and to become allies against the Communist threat exacerbated by the on-set of the Cold War. Famous Japanese sculptor Matsura (Tatsuo Saitô) creates a new sculpture symbolizing the growing friendship between Japan and the United States. The memorial features an eternal flame. The U.S. High Commissioner to Japan (Larry Keating) is given the honor and he agrees to light the monument's eternal flame. The Communist spy network in Japan sees an opportunity to sabotage the ceremony and to attempt to assassinate the U.S. High Commissioner. Communist Agent George Underwood (Edmond O'Brien) is entrusted with this task. At the same time, U.S. Intelligence officer Mark Fannon (Robert Wagner) makes a stopover in Tokyo while on a flight to South Korea. Due to the fact that he's lacking the mandatory Letter of Entry in order to enter or transit Japan, Fannon requests and receives the assistance ... Written by nufs68

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At Last It Can Be Told - John P. Marquand's Great Story of How the U.S.C.I.C. Led the Crackdown on What's Happening in Postwar Japan Today!


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This movie was based on the last of the "Mr. Moto" novels, "Stopover Tokyo", published in 1955, featuring a middle aged Moto. This movie version deleted the Moto character entirely. See more »


Mark Fannon: flew 8000 miles to kiss a girl on a staircase.
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Referenced in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) See more »


The Washington Post
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played at the beginning of the ceremony sequence
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Hindered by a Lackluster Script
23 May 2017 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Mark Fannon" (Robert Wagner) is on his way from San Francisco to Seoul when he is told that he has to stay in Tokyo because he has no Letter of Entry to go any further. At least that is what he wants people to believe. In reality, Mark is a mid-level secret agent who is on an assignment to deliver some coded information concealed in some magazines to another agent named "Mr. Nobika" (Solly Nakamura). It's then that he learns about an assassination plot on an as yet unknown person by communists agents. Not long afterward he is almost killed and a day later Mr. Nokika is shot to death--leaving a young daughter named "Koko" (Reiko Oyama) as an orphan. Needless to say, his first concern is to find a way to take care of Koko while at the same time trying to obtain the magazines that he gave to Mr. Nobika before the communists can get their hands on it. It's at this time that a young woman by the name of "Tina Llewellyn" (Joan Collins) gets involved due to her romantic relationship to another American agent named "Tony Barrett" (Ken Scott) who happens to be a mutual acquaintance of Mark. But with so many things going on it now becomes a race to find out who the communists intend to kill in order to somehow stop the assassination. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a film that definitely had potential due to a reasonably good cast and plot but the lackluster script and the director (Richard L. Breen) simply proved inadequate for the task at hand. Likewise, the lack of chemistry between Robert Wagner and Joan Collins certainly didn't help either. In any case, while I don't necessarily consider this to be a bad movie by any means, it wasn't nearly as good as it could have been and because of that I have rated it accordingly. Average.

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

December 1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimring Nippon See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »


Box Office


$1,055,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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