Destination TokyoDirector: Delmer Daves
Though its purely propagandastic aspects are never far from surface, Destination Tokyo must rank as one of the most intelligent and objective of wartime thrillers. Cary Grant is a tower of strength as Captain Cassidy, skipper of an American submarine bound for Tokyo harbor. Its mission: to allow a Navy meterologist to survey Japanese weather conditions, in preparation for a major Allied assault. Many of the individual incidents in Delmar Daves' script are based on fact, notably an episode in which a pharmacist's mate is called upon to perform an emergency appendectomy. Admittedly, some of the secondary characters are WWII stereotypes, but they're never played that way. Particularly good isDane Clark, in his first important screen role; also registering well as a radio man is John Forsythe, in his first screen role ever. From the sub's embarkation in San Francisco to its climactic retreat from Japan, there's not a single solitary dull moment in the 135 minutes of Destination Tokyo.
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Cast & Crew
|Lawrence W. Butler||Special Effects|
|Leo F. Forbstein||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Leo K. Kuter||Art Director|
|William Lava||Score Composer|
|Robert B. Lee||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Walter F. Tilford||Set Decoration/Design|
|Willard Van Enger||Special Effects|
|Richard Van Enger||Special Effects|
|Franz Waxman||Score Composer|
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This film was included in the 'Cary Grant Signature Collection' that I ordered (this collection is fantastic). I'm not a big fan of WWII movies, but I very much liked 'Destination Tokyo'. The story is sound, the characters aboard the sub are likeable, decent, heroic, everyday American people, and Cary Grant and John Garfield certainly never looked better on film. If you like maritime/submarine movies or if you're a Cary Grant fan, this one's worth checking out.
The crew of an attack submarine sets sail from The west coast with orders to meet up with an Naval intelligence officer located in the Aleutians islands.From this point on,they make their way to the Japanese mainland to get vital information before the USS Hornet launches 16 B-25 Mitchell off the carrier deck,putting in the action the famed Dolittle raid.