Destination Tokyo

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although modern audiences may find many of the situations in Destination Tokyo rather clichéd, it's still a gripping submarine thriller. Tokyo is also a bit long, but the problem isn't that sections of the film drag; it's that it feels like the creators tried to get too much into the story. This isn't such a problem in the first half, where director Delmer Daves and writers Steve Fisher and Alfred Maltz spend time letting the audience get to know the large cast of characters and learn about life aboard a submarine. (Of course, this being Hollywood, the submarine is glamorized in terms of space, equipment, etc.) It does become a problem in the latter half of the film -- the "meat" of the picture -- when there are too many action sequences one right after the other. There are other glitches as well, such as the fact that some of the characters are a bit clichéd and that some of the timeline is seriously askew (although the latter will probably be recognized only be avid war historians). Many will find fault with the propagandistic aspects of the film, particularly a lengthy "letter home" sequence (which is apparently often deleted from many prints). Fortunately, Tokyo's cast helps to overcome these flaws, especially Cary Grant, who is aces as the man who holds both the submarine and the film together. He gets excellent support from John Garfield, Dane Clark, Alan Hale and Robert Hutton. And even with its faults, Tokyo manages to keep the viewer involved and engaged, even if he already knows the outcome.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • UPC: 027616200730
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Capt. Cassidy
John Garfield Wolf
Alan Hale Cookie
Dane Clark Tin Can
John Ridgely Reserve Officer Raymond
Warner Anderson Executive
William Prince Pills
Robert Hutton Tommy Adams, "The Kid"
Peter Whitney Dakota
Tom Tully Mike
Faye Emerson Mrs. Cassidy
Warren Douglas Diving Officer
John Forsythe Sparks
John Alvin Sound Man
Bill Kennedy Torpedo Officer
William Challee Quartermaster
Whit Bissell Yo Yo
John Whitney Commanding Officer
George Lloyd Chief of Boat
Maurice Murphy Toscanini
George Anderson Officer
Warren Ashe Major
Angel Cruz Japanese Bombardier
Jimmy Evans
Benson Fong
John Forrest
Roland Got Japanese Officer
John Hudson Radio Man
Charles Anthony Hughes Navy Air Officer
Ted Jacques
Eddie Lee
James B. Leong Japanese
Robert Lowell Radio Operator
Cy Malis
Paul Parry
Hugh Prosser Pilot
Bernie Sell
Charles Sherlock
John Sylvester
Frank Tang Japanese Pilot
Charles P. Thompson Rear Admiral
Sailor Vincent
Wally Walker
Russ Whiteman 1st Class Yeoman
Alan Wilson Crew Member
Bruce Wong Japanese Antenna Man
Wing Foo Japanese at Listening Post
Dorothy Schoemer Saleslady
Herbert Gunn Lieutenant
Lou Marcelle Voice Only
Harry Bartell Crewman
Paul Langton Crewman
Jay Ward Crewman
Pierre Watkin Admiral
Cliff Clark Hornet's Admiral
Michael Daves Michael Cassidy
Jack Mower Admiral's Aide
Mary Landa Tin Can's girl
Carlyle Blackwell Man on phone
Kirby Grant Captain at Briefing
Lane Chandler CPO
Joy Barlowe Wolf's girl
William Hunter Market St. Commando
George Robotham Crewman
Danny Borzage Crewman
William Hudson Crewman
Charles Sullivan Crewman
Duke York Crewman
Mark Stevens Admiral's Aide
Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director, Screenwriter
Lawrence W. Butler Special Effects
Steve Fisher Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
William Lava Score Composer
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Maltz Screenwriter
Christian Nyby Editor
Walter F. Tilford Set Decoration/Design
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Jerry Wald Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful War Picture

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The U.S. Navy sends a scouting patrol by way of submarine before the U.S.S. Hornet launches the Dolittle Raid.

    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.

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