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Across the Pacific
Director: John Huston (Dir)
Release Date:   5 Sep 1942
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 4 Sep 1942
Production Date:   2 Mar--1 May 1942; retakes 2 May 1942
Duration (in mins):   86 or 97
Duration (in feet):   8,709
Duration (in reels):   10
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Cast:   Humphrey Bogart (Rick Leland)  
    Mary Astor (Alberta Marlow)  
    Sydney Greenstreet (Dr. Lorenz)  
    Charles Halton (A. V. Smith)  
    Sen Young (Joe Totsuiko)  
    Roland Got (Sugi)  
    Lee Tung Foo (Sam Wing On)  
    Frank Wilcox (Captain Morrison)  
    Paul Stanton (Colonel Hart)  
    Lester Matthews (Canadian Major)  
    John Hamilton (Court martial president)  
    Tom Stevenson (Unidentified man)  
    Roland Drew (Captain Harkness)  
    Monte Blue (Dan Morton)  
    Chester Gan (Captain Higoto)  
    Richard Loo (First Officer Miyuma)  
    Keye Luke (Steamship office clerk)  
    Kam Tong (T. Oki)  
    Spencer Chan (Chief engineer Mitsuko)  
    Rudy Robles (A Filipino assassin)  
    William Hopper (Orderly)  
    Frank Mayo (Trial judge advocate)  
    Garland Smith (Officer)  
    Dick French (Officer)  
    Charles Drake (Officer)  
    Will Morgan (Officer)  
    Jack Mower (Major)  
    Frank Faylen (Barker)  
    Ruth Ford (Secretary)  
    Eddie Lee (Chinese clerk)  
    Dick Botiller (Waiter)  
    Beal Wong (Usher)  
    Philip Ahn (Man in theater)  
    Anthony Caruso (Driver)  
    James Leong (Nura)  
    Paul Fung (Japanese radio operator)  
    Eddie Dew    

Summary: Rick Leland, a captain in the United States Coast Auxiliary Army, is found guilty of stealing regimental funds and is dishonorably discharged from the service. He subsequently tries to enlist in the Canadian artillery but is turned down because of his record. Disillusioned, Rick buys passage on the Japanese freighter, the Genoa Maru , intending to offer his services to the Chinese. Traveling on the same ship is Alberta Marlow, who is heading for Panama, and Dr. Lorenz and his Japanese servant, T. Oki. Lorenz is a student of Japanese culture and is interested to learn that if war broke out in the Pacific, Rick would not participate. Over drinks, Lorenz quizzes Rick about his experience in the artillery in Panama. Rick also spends some time flirting with Alberta, who returns his interest. When the ship docks in New York City, Rick visits a man who turns out to be his undercover contact. Rick, whose dishonorable discharge was faked to cover his investigation of Lorenz, asks his contact to inquire into Alberta's background, as well. When Rick rejoins the ship, another passenger, Joe Totsuiko, a Nisei, joins the company. On board, Rick prevents a Filipino man from shooting Lorenz, who explains that some Filipinos resent his ties with the Japanese. Alberta later calls Rick's attention to the fact that Lorenz has a new servant who is using the same name as his former servant. Eventually Lorenz offers Rick money to disclose military information and Rick agrees. In Panama, the passengers learn that the ship will not be allowed to travel through the canal. After disembarking, they all check into a hotel. Lorenz demands that Rick find out the schedule of airplanes flying over the area in return for the money he paid him earlier. Rick also learns that Alberta is not who she is pretending to be and confronts her, but just as she is about to explain, she is called to the telephone. Rick then searches her room, where he finds that Lorenz has earlier done the same. Lorenz warns Rick about Alberta before knocking him unconscious. When Rick comes to, he alerts his contact about Lorenz' plans, but the man is killed before he can act on the warning. Sam, the hotel keeper and an old friend of Rick's, puts him in touch with a man who advises him to travel quickly to a nearby plantation. There, workers are loading a bomber under cover of darkness. Rick is captured and taken inside, where he discovers Alberta and Joe. The owner of the plantation is Alberta's father, who has been forced to provide a cover for the Japanese. Lorenz's servant turns out to be a bomber pilot. Now the Japanese, supported by Joe and Lorenz, plan to bomb the canal's locks. Hearing the plane start its engines, Rick initiates a fight, during which Alberta's father is killed. Rick escapes and shoots down the plane, killing the Japanese pilot. His plan a failure, Lorenz tries to kill himself, but cannot go through with it. Rick captures him and takes him in for questioning. Alberta, who has been loyal all along, accompanies Rick. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Brand Name: A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: John Huston (Dir)
  Vincent Sherman (Dir)
  Edward Blatt (Dial dir)
  Lee Katz (Asst dir)
  George Tobin (2nd asst dir)
  Jo Graham (Dir of retakes)
Producer: Jerry Wald (Prod)
  Jack Saper (Prod)
Writer: Richard Macaulay (Scr)
Photography: Arthur Edeson (Dir of photog)
  Michael Joyce (2nd cam)
  Wally Meinardus (Asst cam)
  Jack Woods (Stills)
  William Conger (Gaffer)
Art Direction: Robert Haas (Art dir)
  Hugh Reticker (Art dir)
  Casey Roberts (Set dresser)
Film Editor: Frank Magee (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Armor Marlowe (Prop man)
Costumes: Milo Anderson (Gowns)
  Hal Dunn (Ward)
  Jeanette Storck (Ward)
Music: Adolph Deutsch (Mus)
  Leo F. Forbstein (Mus dir)
Sound: Everett A. Brown (Sd)
Special Effects: Byron Haskin (Spec eff)
  Willard Van Enger (Spec eff)
  Don Siegel (Mont)
Make Up: Perc Westmore (Makeup artist)
  Gordon Bau (Makeup)
  Jean Burt (Hair)
Production Misc: Chuck Hansen (Unit mgr)
  Alma Dwight (Scr clerk)
  E. F. Dexter (Grip)
  William Steudeman (Best boy)
  Colonel J. G. Taylor (Tech adv)
  Dan Fujiwara (Tech adv)
Stand In: Russ Llewellyn (Stand-in for Humphrey Bogart)
  Elaine Waters (Stand-in for Mary Astor)
  George Becker (Stand-in for Sydney Greenstreet)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the serial story "Aloha Means Good-by" by Robert Garson in The Saturday Evening Post (28 Jun--26 Jul 1941).
Authors: Robert Garson

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 5/9/1942 dd/mm/yyyy LP11564 Yes

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: RCA Sound System

 
Genre: Drama
  Drama
Sub-Genre: World War II
  Espionage
 
Subjects (Major): Panama Canal (Panama)
  Spies
  Undercover agents
  World War II
 
Subjects (Minor): Air pilots
  Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
  Fathers and daughters
  Fights
  Filipinos
  Japanese
  Plantations
  Romance
  Seasickness
  Servants
  Ships

Note: A Warner Bros. press release for this film dated Dec 1941 included in the file on the film in the AMPAS Library announced that Dennis Morgan and Ann Sheridan were to star. In her autobiography, Mary Astor notes that the original script was about a Japanese invasion of Hawaii, but after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the location was hastily changed to Panama. The Var review points out that the title is thus a "misnomer" as none of the action takes place in the Pacific. Production began shortly before the bombing and was closed down and restarted in Mar 1942. On 3 Mar 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. At that time, Astor reports, the film kept losing its Japanese actors as they were rounded up by the United States government and sent to relocation camps. According to information in the file on the film at the USC Cinema-Television Library, however, Chinese actors were cast as Japanese from the beginning and with the exception of technical advisor Dan Fujiwara and a few bit players, no Japanese participated in the making of the film. As evidenced by the cast credits and as noted by the New Yorker review, Chinese actors played the roles of Japanese spies. Colonel J. G. Taylor acted as technical advisor on the court-martial scenes.
       Before the picture was finished, director John Huston was summoned to report to the department of Special Services, and on 22 Apr 1942 Vincent Sherman took over as director, according to information at USC. In a modern interview, Huston relates that when he knew he was leaving, he filmed a scene in which he tied Humphrey Bogart to a chair with Japanese guards at every window and door and left Sherman to figure out a way to get Bogart's character out of his dilemma. Sherman managed to figure out a solution, but the resulting ending is somewhat implausible. The production finished ten days over schedule. This film marked the reunion of stars Bogart, Greenstreet and Astor and director Huston, who worked together in Warner Bros.' hit film The Maltese Falcon (see below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   22 Aug 1942.   
Daily Variety   14 Aug 42   p. 3.
Film Daily   18 Aug 42   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   2 Mar 42   p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter   24 Apr 42   p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter   1 May 42   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   14 Aug 42   p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   22 Aug 42   p. 853.
New York Times   5 Sep 42   p. 9.
Variety   19 Aug 42   p. 8.

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