Destination Tokyo 1943 DVD - Cary Grant / John Garfield

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On Christmas Eve, the submarine USS Copperfin, under the command of Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), departs San Francisco on a secret mission. At sea, Cassidy opens his sealed orders, which direct him to proceed first to the Aleutian Islands to pick up meteorologist Raymond (John Ridgely), then to Tokyo Bay to obtain vital weather intelligence for the upcoming Doolittle Raid.

Two Japanese planes attack; both are shot down, but one pilot manages to parachute into the water. When Mike (Tom Tully) goes to pick him up, he is stabbed to death. New recruit Tommy Adams (Robert Hutton) shoots the pilot, but because he was slow to react, Tommy blames himself for Mike's death and volunteers to defuse an unexploded bomb stuck under the deck. When Mike is buried at sea, Greek-American Tin Can (Dane Clark) does not attend the service, which angers the other men until he explains that every Allied death causes him great pain. Meanwhile Raymond, who lived in Japan, discusses how the Japanese people were led into the war by the military faction. He hopes after victory Japanese children will be raised in peace.

As the submarine nears Tokyo Bay, the Copperfin has to somehow negotiate its way through protective minefields. When a Japanese ship enters the bay, Cassidy follows in its wake. That night, a small party goes ashore to make weather observations. Meanwhile, Tommy is diagnosed with appendicitis. Pills, the pharmacist, has to operate following instructions from a book, using improvised instruments. (There were actually a few emergency appendectomies performed in the course of wartime submarine patrols.)

Raymond broadcasts the information in Japanese in an attempt to avoid detection, but the Japanese are alerted and search the bay. Fortunately, the Copperfin remains undetected, allowing the men to watch part of the raid through the periscope. After recovering Raymond and his team, the submarine then slips out following an exiting ship. (In reality no American submarines ever got into the inner part of Tokyo Bay.)

Later, the Copperfin sinks an aircraft carrier and is badly damaged by its escorts. In desperation, Cassidy attacks, sending a destroyer to the bottom and enabling the crew to return safely to San Francisco.

Cast

Cary Grant as Captain Cassidy
John Garfield as Wolf
Alan Hale as Cookie Wainwright
John Ridgely as Lieut. Raymond
Dane Clark as Tin Can
Warner Anderson as Exec Officer
William Prince as Pills
Robert Hutton as Tommy Adams
Tom Tully as Mike
Faye Emerson as Mrs. Cassidy
Peter Whitney as Dakota
Eleanor Parker as Mike's wife on record (voice)           
Warren Douglas as Diving Officer
John Forsythe as "Sparks" Reynolds
John Alvin as Sound man
Bill Kennedy as Gunnery Officer
Ralph McColm as Ensign
William Challee as Quartermaster
Whit Bissell as Yoyo
Mark Stevens as Admirals's aide
Jack Mower as Admiral's aide
John Whitney as Communication Officer
George Lloyd as Chief of boat

Runtime: 135 Minutes

 
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