$11.21 Regularly $14.98 buy now According to an article in New York Herald Tribune , technical advisor Andy Lennox was a member of the crew of the submarine Wahoo , whose skipper, Lieutenant Commander Dudley Walker Morton, also offered advice to the filmmakers. Japan’s push to make itself a more attractive financial hub faces a taxing problem if it is to stop … Here is a film whose hero is the Stars and Stripes; the performers are merely symbols of that heroism. Mission secret: destination Tokyo. Meanwhile, Tommy is diagnosed with appendicitis. As the submarine nears Tokyo Bay, the Copperfin has to negotiate its way through defensive minefields and anti-torpedo nets. Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0 Topics movie trailers, war dramas, WW2, USN, Cary Grant. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub. Although the entrance into Tokyo Bay is protected by nets, the sub waits until the nets open for a returning warship, and then follows it inside. The Navy’s Bureau of Ordnance strongly resisted criticism of the torpedoes, even after tests performed by Admiral Chester Nimitz’s command demonstrated that the torpedoes ran ten feet deeper than intended. This open-minded approach may make the movie more acceptable today, but the script was one of the reasons why screenwriter Albert Maltz was called in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947, thus becoming one of the Hollywood Ten, who were blacklisted by the studios. Skinner, Kiron K. and Annelise and Martin Anderson. On Christmas Eve, the submarine USS Copperfin, under the command of Captain Cassidy, departs San Francisco on a secret mission. It takes half the movie to get to Japan, and while it is interesting to view the crew’s lives, far too much of that time is spent listening to Wolf (John Garfield), one of the sailors, tell stories about meeting women. 'Destination Tokyo' The Wahoo became one of the most-celebrated submarines of World War II. When Mike is buried at sea, Greek-American "Tin Can" does not attend the service, which angers the other men until he explains that every Allied death causes him great pain. Destination Tokyo is a 1943 wartime propaganda film directed by Delmer Daves —it was his directorial debut. Meanwhile, Raymond, who lived in Japan, discusses how the Japanese people were led into the war by the military faction. "[11], A later release of Destination Tokyo was a colorized version. To be fair, it is quite imaginative. . Edo-Tokyo Museum is the best place to relive the old traditional style of life in Tokyo, when it was called Edo in the 15th to 19th centuries. As a way of saying "thank you" the chili and canned pumpkin used by "Cookie" is labeled as being made by "Lennox". Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop -- the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. However, it was blind against planes. Upon the film's release on DVD, a variation of the poster using the corrected spelling was used for the cover. They are to gather information in advance of the planned bombing of Tokyo. In a year and a half, Morton's crew sank at least 19 Japanese ships -- more than any other submarine of the time. Story: Steve Fisher Although the entrance into Tokyo Bay is protected by nets, the sub waits until the nets open for a returning warship, and then follows it inside. While the sailors are eager to kill as many Japanese as possible, the script takes the bold position that the Japanese are not inherently evil. As the co-star, Garfield was given a considerable amount of screen time, even though his role was relatively minor. The Wahoo did not go on its first patrol until August 1942, and could not have been involved in assisting the Doolittle Raid. ", Historic reviews, photo gallery at CaryGrant.net, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Destination_Tokyo&oldid=963887877, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. House Committee on Un-American Activities, "The First Joint Action: A Historical Account of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid – April 18, 1942", "AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills Nominees. "[10], In contrast, the review in Variety magazine, was effusive in its praise. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub. Sonar was not the most precise instrument but it could distinguish between different sizes of ships. Cary Grant; Plot – Cassidy, commander of a long distance cruise submarine, receives the order to leave the San Francisco Bay for an unknown destination. Continue reading the main story. Instead, the aircrew either parachuted from the planes or crash-landed in Japanese-controlled territory. The film was directed by Delmer Daves in his directorial debut, and the screenplay was written by Daves and Albert Maltz, based on an original story by former submariner Steve Fisher. Presumably, someone at Warner Brothers studio heard rumors of the two submarines’ involvement in the Doolittle Raid and concocted a more exciting story. While the mission is entirely fictional, the attention to detail is impressive, since the script is based on a story by a former submariner, Steve Fisher. Raymond broadcasts the information the shore party has collected in Japanese in an attempt to avoid detection, but the Japanese are alerted and search the bay. Destination Tokyo is a 1943 black and white American submarine war film. Executive Producer: Jack L. Warner [4], The incident in Destination Tokyo in which the pharmacist's mate performs an appendectomy was based on an actual event which took place on the submarine USS Seadragon. Destination Tokyo is a 1943 black and white American submarine war film. [4].mw-parser-output .toclimit-2 .toclevel-1 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-3 .toclevel-2 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-4 .toclevel-3 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-5 .toclevel-4 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-6 .toclevel-5 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-7 .toclevel-6 ul{display:none}. The submarine’s mission is to pick up Lieutenant Raymond (John Ridgely), a meteorologist, near the Aleutians and then sail to Tokyo Bay. . Garfield had enlisted, but had been rejected due to a heart condition, so Warner Brothers wanted to use him as much as possible since he was one of the biggest stars left in Hollywood. . There are several stand-out scenes, including the one where the sub follows a cruiser into Tokyo Bay, and the director alternates between the increasingly tense crew, dependent on the sonar to know what is happening, and exterior visuals to show the audience what is happening. Cary Grant is the captain leading a seasoned submarine crew, along with a couple of new recruits, out on its 6th patrol. The silent service. Destination Tokyo Part of the ever popular submarine subgenre, “Destination Tokyo” firmly takes its place in the middle of the pack. Forced to takeoff further from Japan than originally planned, the bombers successfully completed their mission but did not have enough fuel to reach the airfields. After recovering Raymond and his team, the submarine then slips out of the bay following an exiting ship. "'Destination Tokyo' runs two hours and 15 minutes, and that’s a lot of film. [6] The Wahoo was reported as missing in action after production on Destination Tokyo completed, sunk by Japanese aircraft in October 1943 while returning home from a patrol in the Sea of Japan. DESTINATION TOKYO trailer. In fact, the underwater photography is excellent, and was presumably done with models, since the navy’s ships were busy fighting the war. Released in 1943, it has to be viewed with the ongoing war as context. Destination Tokyo is an exciting, well-acted and effectively photographed wartime drama about a daring mission by the crew of a U.S. Navy submarine, … [8] The film was accurate enough to be used by the Navy as a training tool for submariners. The submarine USS Copperfin, commanded by Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), sails from San Francisco with secret orders to be opened at sea. [8], For Destination Tokyo, Warner Bros. borrowed Cary Grant from Columbia Pictures in a swap which sent Humphrey Bogart to Columbia to make Sahara. The submarine USS Copperfin, commanded by Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), sails from San Francisco with secret orders to be opened at sea. But none of it is wasted. Examiners only checked that the torpedoes travelled in a straight line, not the depth, which proved to be a major error during the war, when torpedoes often went underneath the enemy ships, especially since crews had trained with lighter, unarmed torpedoes. During World War II, Captain Cassidy and his crew of submariners are ordered into Tokyo Bay on a secret mission. [9] Grant had turned down the role that Bogart eventually played, and Gary Cooper had turned down the role of the captain of the Copperfin that Grant played. . When the planes bomb Tokyo, the sub is able to escape in the confusion. During pre-war training, torpedoes were intentionally fired underneath the targets to preserve the expensive weapons for re-use. Synopsis Explosive ! The submarine captains were understandably irate that they had risked the lives of their crews to get close enough to sink an enemy ship only to discover that the torpedoes ran too deep. Destination Tokyo. At one point, the sub descends rapidly to avoid a potential air attack, and the movie portrays the crew’s feeling of helplessness that occurs when the sub is too deep to use the periscope. In its unspooling is crammed enough excitement for possibly a couple of pictures. - Order by Phone 1-800-336-4627 Although a little slow at first, Destination Tokyo gradually turns into a suspenseful actioner. Posters incorrectly advertised the film as "Destination Tokio" despite Tokyo's proper spelling appearing in the film's on-screen title. And As Big As The Broad Pacific ! The film ends with real footage of the bombers taking off from the carrier, footage which was filmed by a unit commanded by famous director John Ford, an officer in the naval reserve, who became head of a photographic unit that made documentaries for the navy. The submarine’s mission is to pick up Lieutenant Raymond (John Ridgely), a meteorologist, near the Aleutians and then sail to Tokyo Bay. You can support History on Film while doing your regular shopping. Following the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Americans were eager for revenge, but the Japanese had overrun all of the American bases within bombing range of Japan. Footage from this film was reused in the 1959 film Submarine Seahawk. Tokyo Story (東京物語, Tōkyō Monogatari) is a 1953 Japanese drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu and starring ChishÅ« RyÅ« and Chieko Higashiyama.It tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. Despite the implausible plot, Destination Tokyo is worth watching for the brilliant underwater photography, taut action, sharp direction, a terrifying depth charge scene and impressive attention to detail. Destination Tokyo Synopsis: Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. A scene from Destination Tokyo, a Warner Brothers film starring Cary Grant and John Garfield. "One of the most rousing, action-filled WWII films ever produced with a powerful castand terrific story, Destination Tokyo remains a classic war drama to this day" (The Motion Picture Guide). That night, a small party, including the ship's womanizer, "Wolf", goes ashore to make weather observations. Warner Brothers, 1943, 135 minutes Just think, a bunch of guys sweating all day in a sub down in Tokyo Bay, guys just like us, sneaking up at night to radio balloon positions..." The existence of such a submarine is not part of the participants' or historians' accounts of the raid. The U.S. Navy, breaking with its usual wartime secrecy, allowed newspaper stories about the Wahoo's exploits. Director: Delmer Daves. Source: CNN. And As Big As The Broad Pacific ! [8] According to Warner Bros records Destination Tokyo earned $3,237,000 locally and $1,307,000 domestically.[2]. Here is a film of superbly pooled talents. Destination Tokyo has been called "the granddaddy of submarine films like Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), Das Boot (1981), and U-571 (2000)". Please visit my blog at: http://comicsradio.blogspot.com/ Mankiewicz, Ben. Every submarine movie needs a depth charge scene, and Destination Tokyo delivers with a climax where the crew suffers three hours of brutal hammering by depth charges, until they finally sink the destroyer. A mirror installation at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Mount Fuji stands behind buildings in Tokyo. Technical advisors to the film included the captain of the USS Wahoo, Dudley Walker Morton, and crewmember Andy Lennox. Discover True Tokyo with CNN's Coy Wire, where practice and precision makes perfect and strength of tradition conquers all. Production on Destination Tokyo began on June 21, 1943 and continued through September 4 of that year. Dudley Walker Morton. However, a naval officer conceived of the idea of launching B-25 bombers from an aircraft carrier, which would enable the bombers to fly to Japan and then land at airfields in the region of China that was still controlled by the Chinese government. At sea, Cassidy opens his sealed orders, which direct him to proceed first to the Aleutian Islands to pick up meteorologist Lt. Raymond, then to Tokyo Bay to obtain vital weather intelligence for the upcoming Doolittle Raid. According to his autobiography, Destination Tokyo influenced Ronald Reagan in his decision to accept the lead role of a World War II-submarine captain in the 1957 movie Hellcats of the Navy. Commander Morton and all aboard were lost. The Doolittle Raiders[7] detailed description of the raid states that the barrage balloons seen on the raid were a negligible threat. Just click on any of the following links: French Intervention in Mexico (1861-1867), Manifest Destiny-American Age of Expansion (1815-1860), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. They set off from San Francisco Bay heading North to the Aleutian Islands where they rendezvous with a soldier who speaks fluent Japanese and who grew up in Tokyo. Destination: Tokyo. [8], Some filming of Destination Tokyo took place at Portuguese Bend near Redondo Beach, California. The Copperfin, led by Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), leaves San Francisco on Christmas Eve 1941 on a secret mission. Surviving two encounters with Japanese warships, the two submarines were able to report to headquarters at Pearl Harbor that there were no enemy ships blocking the path of the carrier group. There is a scene on the USS Hornet where Lawson (Van Johnson), fresh from a briefing on the latest positions of the barrage balloons over Tokyo, tells his friend Bob Gray (Robert Mitchum): "You know, the changes in those balloons threw me. After a Japanese pilot stabbed the sailor who was trying to help him, Cassidy explains that the pilot had been raised to fight, and was given his first knife when he was five, unlike an American five-year-old who would receive roller skates, so they are fighting the war to end the Japanese system, not the Japanese people, who have been brainwashed. 1 / 8. Cast: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, Dane Clark, William Prince, John Ridgely, Tom Tully, and Robert Hutton *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Destination Tokyo has been called "the granddaddy of submarine films like Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), Das Boot (1981), and U-571 (2000)". Destination Tokyo (28 Videos) True Tokyo Part 2. The existence of a submarine in Tokyo Bay relaying information to the Doolittle Raid is mentioned in the film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), based on pilot Ted Lawson's memoir. The operation is a success, and "Cookie" Wainwright begins to prepare the pumpkin pie he had promised to bake for Tommy. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, the bombers had to launch earlier than expected when a Japanese patrol boat discovered the carrier group on April 19, 1942. There were many other possible intelligence sources for information given out at the briefings. Supported by. [15] Requesting submarine duty, he instead served aboard a submarine tender, USS Proteus. The majority of the Raiders were found by Chinese guerrillas and smuggled to safety, but three died during the landings, and eight were captured and brought to Japan, where they were tried as war criminals. Raymond and two members of the crew are landed near Tokyo to take weather readings, and return to the sub the following night. Cast and crew credits for Destination Tokyo, 1944, directed by Delmer Daves, with Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, at Turner Classic Movies Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. But an essential rule of visual drama, which is to put within a frame only so much explicit action as can be realistically accepted in a space of time, is here completely violated. Set during the second World War, depicts the story of a submarine and its crew as they sail to Tokyo, Japan to sink Japanese warships. Part of the fun in watching it is to look for overt propaganda. Members of the cast spent time at the U.S. Navy's Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California, to familiarize themselves with submarine procedures and operations. Thanks to the efforts of the Wahoo Project Group, the wreckage was identified in 2006. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p. 24 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551. Slide 1 of 8 . [3] The film was directed by Delmer Daves in his directorial debut,[4] and the screenplay was written by Daves and Albert Maltz, based on an original story by former submariner Steve Fisher. [12], Screenwriter Steve Fisher received an Academy Award nomination for his original story for Destination Tokyo.[8]. [4], Destination Tokyo premiered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 15, 1943 as a benefit for crippled children, and was released generally in the U.S. on December 31, 1943. When the crew of a World War II-submarine in the 1951 movie Operation Pacific is given the treat of watching a movie, Destination Tokyo is screened. Destination Tokyo - DVD (1943) for $12.10 from OLDIES.com War Explosive ! On the way, two Japanese aircraft attack; both are shot down, but one pilot manages to parachute into the water. Director Delmer Daves’ debut, the story moves quickly and creates a tense atmosphere. In throwback one gets the story of his love affair with Betty, -- Betty whom he'd met in Japan, where he'd been raised, Betty whom he could not forget and had gone to America to find, whom he'd lived with and then sacrificed to his ambition to become a great diplomat, Betty who had made good in Hollywood and forgiven him to the point of marrying him just before Pearl Harbor, once again to be left behind when … If you wanna know where submarine movie clichés come from, look no further. Screenplay: Delmer Daves and Albert Maltz A rousing, action-filled WWII film, with a powerful cast and a good story, DESTINATION TOKYO remains an effective war drama to this day. Humiliated by the attack, the Japanese retaliated against the Chinese, killing 250,000 civilians. The film stars Cary Grant and John Garfield and features Dane Clark, Robert Hutton, and Warner Anderson, along with John Ridgely, Alan Hale Sr. and William Prince. The model of the Copperfin used for filming was based on actual American submarines, except that, to confuse the Japanese, it was given equipment and apparatus that were used on numerous different types of subs. . Destination Tokyo: A Pictorial History of Doolittle's Tokyo Raid, April 18, 1942 [16][N 1], Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. Previous versions of this article have confused the fictional Copperfin and its fictional mission with the Wahoo. Once they are in the bay, Cassidy explains that their mission is to provide information on the weather and the shipping in the bay for the Doolittle Raid. Home front morale booster. I watched Destination Tokyo last night and was absolutely thrilled to hear the actual wartime tribute to those brave submariners being announced at the end of the film. Written by John Vogel Plot Summary | Add Synopsis When Mike goes to pick him up, he is stabbed to death. It's a daring and dangerous underwater adventure with Oscar-winner Cary Grant as the captain of the U.S.S. New recruit Tommy Adams shoots the Japanese 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. While meeting Raymond, the crew shoot down two Japanese planes, but lose a crewman. Continue reading the main story. Gangsters, fighters, athletes, serial killers, celebrities and so much more–these films are the best of the based-on-a-true-story stories. [5] The film stars Cary Grant and John Garfield and features Dane Clark, Robert Hutton, and Warner Anderson, along with John Ridgely, Alan Hale Sr. and William Prince. This page was last edited on 22 June 2020, at 11:06. . Product Description. 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His task -- to pick up a meteorologist (John Ridgely) and travel to the coast of Japan to gather weather information for the Doolittle Raid, the first air strike on Tokyo. When furious submarine commanders discovered the problem and deactivated the magnetic exploder, relying on the simpler contact pistol, they found that many of the torpedoes would not explode because the firing pin of the contact pistol hit with too little force to cause detonation. I was unaware, until then, that the film had actually been produced and released during WWII for the war effort. While meeting Raymond, the crew shoot down two Japanese planes, but lose a crewman. In a contemporary film review of Destination Tokyo in The New York Times, reviewer Bosley Crowther had some reservations about the production values employed, "It has a lot of exciting incident in it; some slick, manly performances are turned in by Cary Grant (as the commander), John Garfield, Alan Hale and Dane Clark. The screen sub sinks two Japanese warships, but in reality American submarines were handicapped by unbelievably ineffective torpedoes, and repeatedly failed to sink enemy ships. The Warners have a big but too extravagant action film. In desperation, after long hours and barrages of depth charges, Cassidy attacks, sending a destroyer to the bottom and enabling the crew to return safely home to San Francisco. Destination Tokyo (DVD) It's a daring and dangerous underwater adventure with Oscar-winner Cary Grant ("The Awful Truth," "Suspicion," "North by Northwest") as the captain of a U.S. submarine bound for a search and destroy mission in Tokyo harbor during WWII. 1943 Directed by Delmer Daves. Destination Tokyo is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: Inspired by Grant's role, a 17 year-old Tony Curtis forged his mother's signature to enlist in the United States Navy in 1943. "Pills", the pharmacist's mate, has to operate following instructions from a book, using improvised instruments, and without sufficient ether to last throughout the procedure. On the way, two Japanese aircraft attack; both are shot down, but one pilot manages to parachute into the water. Under the trim, taut direction of Delmar Daves (his directorial debut), John Garfield leads a stellar array of costars as boys-next-door gone to war. Look. "Outro" to Turner Classic Movies' presentation of 'Destination Tokyo'. They were crew member Andy Lennox and Lt. Cmdr. Later, the Copperfin sinks a Japanese aircraft carrier and is badly damaged by its escorts. Title Destination Tokyo Year 1943 Director Delmer Daves Genre History, War, Adventure Interpreted by. Two members of the real-life US Navy submarine Wahoo were consultants and technical advisers on this film, according to a story in the "New York Herald Tribune". Later, as a top Hollywood talent, he co-starred with Grant as submariners in the 1959 World War II comedy Operation Petticoat, with Grant commanding the fictional USS Sea Tiger. The majority of the problems had been ironed out by the fall of 1943, but far too many captains had lost their commands for poor records, or far, far worse, were revealed to enemy escort ships and then left defenceless. Destination Tokyo (DVD) : Twenty-four hours out of San Francisco, submarine captain Cassidy unseals his top-secret orders and reads two fateful words: Destination Tokyo. Although torpedoes finally started hitting enemy ships, another problem appeared. Worse, the navy’s supply of torpedoes at the beginning of the war was tiny, and production was an insignificant 60 per month in early 1942, so captains were pressured to use torpedoes as sparingly as possible, regardless of the target. Destination Tokyo: A Pictorial History of Doolittle's Tokyo Raid, April 18, 1942 [Stan Cohen] on Amazon.com. Addeddate 2013-11-06 04:46:01.072474 Color B&W Ia_orig__runtime Sixteen bombers were too few to cause serious damage, the real purpose of the mission was to show that Japan was not invincible. Two U.S. submarines, the Thresher and the Trout, were ordered from their base at Midway to cruise in the area that would be covered by the carrier group transporting the bombers. Although unnecessary romantic subplots are thankfully absent, several scenes examine the difficulty of being separated from their families, especially a painful scene where the crew listens to a record from a dead seaman’s wife. If the plot of the movie sounds far-fetched, that is because it is. One plane flew to the Soviet Union, where the crew was interned for a year. Its wartime jibes against the Japanese may grate a little today (the captain informs his crew that the Japanese have no concept of familial love, for instance), but the time-tested concept of a submarine crew under pressure can still work. Produced and released during the dark days of WWII, the film utilizes a great deal of propaganda to build up the spirits and morale of Americans back home. When a Japanese ship enters the bay, Cassidy follows in its wake. ... though the story felt just a bit too long. The story is a good one. It involves the fictional mission of of a fictional submarine, the USS Copperfin, in the Pacific theater of World War II. Destination Tokyo A U.S. sub braves enemy waters... MORE > $11.21 Regularly $14.98 buy now According to an article in New York Herald Tribune , technical advisor Andy Lennox was a member of the crew of the submarine Wahoo , whose skipper, Lieutenant Commander Dudley Walker Morton, also offered advice to the filmmakers. Japan’s push to make itself a more attractive financial hub faces a taxing problem if it is to stop … Here is a film whose hero is the Stars and Stripes; the performers are merely symbols of that heroism. Mission secret: destination Tokyo. Meanwhile, Tommy is diagnosed with appendicitis. As the submarine nears Tokyo Bay, the Copperfin has to negotiate its way through defensive minefields and anti-torpedo nets. Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0 Topics movie trailers, war dramas, WW2, USN, Cary Grant. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub. Although the entrance into Tokyo Bay is protected by nets, the sub waits until the nets open for a returning warship, and then follows it inside. The Navy’s Bureau of Ordnance strongly resisted criticism of the torpedoes, even after tests performed by Admiral Chester Nimitz’s command demonstrated that the torpedoes ran ten feet deeper than intended. This open-minded approach may make the movie more acceptable today, but the script was one of the reasons why screenwriter Albert Maltz was called in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947, thus becoming one of the Hollywood Ten, who were blacklisted by the studios. Skinner, Kiron K. and Annelise and Martin Anderson. On Christmas Eve, the submarine USS Copperfin, under the command of Captain Cassidy, departs San Francisco on a secret mission. It takes half the movie to get to Japan, and while it is interesting to view the crew’s lives, far too much of that time is spent listening to Wolf (John Garfield), one of the sailors, tell stories about meeting women. 'Destination Tokyo' The Wahoo became one of the most-celebrated submarines of World War II. When Mike is buried at sea, Greek-American "Tin Can" does not attend the service, which angers the other men until he explains that every Allied death causes him great pain. Destination Tokyo is a 1943 wartime propaganda film directed by Delmer Daves —it was his directorial debut. Meanwhile, Raymond, who lived in Japan, discusses how the Japanese people were led into the war by the military faction. "[11], A later release of Destination Tokyo was a colorized version. To be fair, it is quite imaginative. . Edo-Tokyo Museum is the best place to relive the old traditional style of life in Tokyo, when it was called Edo in the 15th to 19th centuries. As a way of saying "thank you" the chili and canned pumpkin used by "Cookie" is labeled as being made by "Lennox". Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop -- the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. However, it was blind against planes. Upon the film's release on DVD, a variation of the poster using the corrected spelling was used for the cover. They are to gather information in advance of the planned bombing of Tokyo. In a year and a half, Morton's crew sank at least 19 Japanese ships -- more than any other submarine of the time. Story: Steve Fisher Although the entrance into Tokyo Bay is protected by nets, the sub waits until the nets open for a returning warship, and then follows it inside. While the sailors are eager to kill as many Japanese as possible, the script takes the bold position that the Japanese are not inherently evil. As the co-star, Garfield was given a considerable amount of screen time, even though his role was relatively minor. The Wahoo did not go on its first patrol until August 1942, and could not have been involved in assisting the Doolittle Raid. ", Historic reviews, photo gallery at CaryGrant.net, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Destination_Tokyo&oldid=963887877, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. House Committee on Un-American Activities, "The First Joint Action: A Historical Account of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid – April 18, 1942", "AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills Nominees. "[10], In contrast, the review in Variety magazine, was effusive in its praise. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub. Sonar was not the most precise instrument but it could distinguish between different sizes of ships. Cary Grant; Plot – Cassidy, commander of a long distance cruise submarine, receives the order to leave the San Francisco Bay for an unknown destination. Continue reading the main story. Instead, the aircrew either parachuted from the planes or crash-landed in Japanese-controlled territory. The film was directed by Delmer Daves in his directorial debut, and the screenplay was written by Daves and Albert Maltz, based on an original story by former submariner Steve Fisher. Presumably, someone at Warner Brothers studio heard rumors of the two submarines’ involvement in the Doolittle Raid and concocted a more exciting story. While the mission is entirely fictional, the attention to detail is impressive, since the script is based on a story by a former submariner, Steve Fisher. Raymond broadcasts the information the shore party has collected in Japanese in an attempt to avoid detection, but the Japanese are alerted and search the bay. Destination Tokyo is a 1943 black and white American submarine war film. Executive Producer: Jack L. Warner [4], The incident in Destination Tokyo in which the pharmacist's mate performs an appendectomy was based on an actual event which took place on the submarine USS Seadragon. Destination Tokyo is a 1943 black and white American submarine war film. [4].mw-parser-output .toclimit-2 .toclevel-1 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-3 .toclevel-2 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-4 .toclevel-3 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-5 .toclevel-4 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-6 .toclevel-5 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-7 .toclevel-6 ul{display:none}. The submarine’s mission is to pick up Lieutenant Raymond (John Ridgely), a meteorologist, near the Aleutians and then sail to Tokyo Bay. . Garfield had enlisted, but had been rejected due to a heart condition, so Warner Brothers wanted to use him as much as possible since he was one of the biggest stars left in Hollywood. . There are several stand-out scenes, including the one where the sub follows a cruiser into Tokyo Bay, and the director alternates between the increasingly tense crew, dependent on the sonar to know what is happening, and exterior visuals to show the audience what is happening. Cary Grant is the captain leading a seasoned submarine crew, along with a couple of new recruits, out on its 6th patrol. The silent service. Destination Tokyo Part of the ever popular submarine subgenre, “Destination Tokyo” firmly takes its place in the middle of the pack. Forced to takeoff further from Japan than originally planned, the bombers successfully completed their mission but did not have enough fuel to reach the airfields. After recovering Raymond and his team, the submarine then slips out of the bay following an exiting ship. "'Destination Tokyo' runs two hours and 15 minutes, and that’s a lot of film. [6] The Wahoo was reported as missing in action after production on Destination Tokyo completed, sunk by Japanese aircraft in October 1943 while returning home from a patrol in the Sea of Japan. DESTINATION TOKYO trailer. In fact, the underwater photography is excellent, and was presumably done with models, since the navy’s ships were busy fighting the war. Released in 1943, it has to be viewed with the ongoing war as context. Destination Tokyo is an exciting, well-acted and effectively photographed wartime drama about a daring mission by the crew of a U.S. Navy submarine, … [8] The film was accurate enough to be used by the Navy as a training tool for submariners. The submarine USS Copperfin, commanded by Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), sails from San Francisco with secret orders to be opened at sea. [8], For Destination Tokyo, Warner Bros. borrowed Cary Grant from Columbia Pictures in a swap which sent Humphrey Bogart to Columbia to make Sahara. The submarine USS Copperfin, commanded by Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), sails from San Francisco with secret orders to be opened at sea. But none of it is wasted. Examiners only checked that the torpedoes travelled in a straight line, not the depth, which proved to be a major error during the war, when torpedoes often went underneath the enemy ships, especially since crews had trained with lighter, unarmed torpedoes. During World War II, Captain Cassidy and his crew of submariners are ordered into Tokyo Bay on a secret mission. [9] Grant had turned down the role that Bogart eventually played, and Gary Cooper had turned down the role of the captain of the Copperfin that Grant played. . When the planes bomb Tokyo, the sub is able to escape in the confusion. During pre-war training, torpedoes were intentionally fired underneath the targets to preserve the expensive weapons for re-use. Synopsis Explosive ! The submarine captains were understandably irate that they had risked the lives of their crews to get close enough to sink an enemy ship only to discover that the torpedoes ran too deep. Destination Tokyo. At one point, the sub descends rapidly to avoid a potential air attack, and the movie portrays the crew’s feeling of helplessness that occurs when the sub is too deep to use the periscope. In its unspooling is crammed enough excitement for possibly a couple of pictures. - Order by Phone 1-800-336-4627 Although a little slow at first, Destination Tokyo gradually turns into a suspenseful actioner. Posters incorrectly advertised the film as "Destination Tokio" despite Tokyo's proper spelling appearing in the film's on-screen title. And As Big As The Broad Pacific ! The film ends with real footage of the bombers taking off from the carrier, footage which was filmed by a unit commanded by famous director John Ford, an officer in the naval reserve, who became head of a photographic unit that made documentaries for the navy. The submarine’s mission is to pick up Lieutenant Raymond (John Ridgely), a meteorologist, near the Aleutians and then sail to Tokyo Bay. You can support History on Film while doing your regular shopping. Following the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Americans were eager for revenge, but the Japanese had overrun all of the American bases within bombing range of Japan. Footage from this film was reused in the 1959 film Submarine Seahawk. Tokyo Story (東京物語, Tōkyō Monogatari) is a 1953 Japanese drama film directed by Yasujirō Ozu and starring ChishÅ« RyÅ« and Chieko Higashiyama.It tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. Despite the implausible plot, Destination Tokyo is worth watching for the brilliant underwater photography, taut action, sharp direction, a terrifying depth charge scene and impressive attention to detail. Destination Tokyo Synopsis: Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. A scene from Destination Tokyo, a Warner Brothers film starring Cary Grant and John Garfield. "One of the most rousing, action-filled WWII films ever produced with a powerful castand terrific story, Destination Tokyo remains a classic war drama to this day" (The Motion Picture Guide). That night, a small party, including the ship's womanizer, "Wolf", goes ashore to make weather observations. Warner Brothers, 1943, 135 minutes Just think, a bunch of guys sweating all day in a sub down in Tokyo Bay, guys just like us, sneaking up at night to radio balloon positions..." The existence of such a submarine is not part of the participants' or historians' accounts of the raid. The U.S. Navy, breaking with its usual wartime secrecy, allowed newspaper stories about the Wahoo's exploits. Director: Delmer Daves. Source: CNN. And As Big As The Broad Pacific ! [8] According to Warner Bros records Destination Tokyo earned $3,237,000 locally and $1,307,000 domestically.[2]. Here is a film of superbly pooled talents. Destination Tokyo has been called "the granddaddy of submarine films like Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), Das Boot (1981), and U-571 (2000)". Please visit my blog at: http://comicsradio.blogspot.com/ Mankiewicz, Ben. Every submarine movie needs a depth charge scene, and Destination Tokyo delivers with a climax where the crew suffers three hours of brutal hammering by depth charges, until they finally sink the destroyer. A mirror installation at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Mount Fuji stands behind buildings in Tokyo. Technical advisors to the film included the captain of the USS Wahoo, Dudley Walker Morton, and crewmember Andy Lennox. Discover True Tokyo with CNN's Coy Wire, where practice and precision makes perfect and strength of tradition conquers all. Production on Destination Tokyo began on June 21, 1943 and continued through September 4 of that year. Dudley Walker Morton. However, a naval officer conceived of the idea of launching B-25 bombers from an aircraft carrier, which would enable the bombers to fly to Japan and then land at airfields in the region of China that was still controlled by the Chinese government. At sea, Cassidy opens his sealed orders, which direct him to proceed first to the Aleutian Islands to pick up meteorologist Lt. Raymond, then to Tokyo Bay to obtain vital weather intelligence for the upcoming Doolittle Raid. According to his autobiography, Destination Tokyo influenced Ronald Reagan in his decision to accept the lead role of a World War II-submarine captain in the 1957 movie Hellcats of the Navy. Commander Morton and all aboard were lost. The Doolittle Raiders[7] detailed description of the raid states that the barrage balloons seen on the raid were a negligible threat. Just click on any of the following links: French Intervention in Mexico (1861-1867), Manifest Destiny-American Age of Expansion (1815-1860), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. They set off from San Francisco Bay heading North to the Aleutian Islands where they rendezvous with a soldier who speaks fluent Japanese and who grew up in Tokyo. Destination: Tokyo. [8], Some filming of Destination Tokyo took place at Portuguese Bend near Redondo Beach, California. The Copperfin, led by Captain Cassidy (Cary Grant), leaves San Francisco on Christmas Eve 1941 on a secret mission. Surviving two encounters with Japanese warships, the two submarines were able to report to headquarters at Pearl Harbor that there were no enemy ships blocking the path of the carrier group. There is a scene on the USS Hornet where Lawson (Van Johnson), fresh from a briefing on the latest positions of the barrage balloons over Tokyo, tells his friend Bob Gray (Robert Mitchum): "You know, the changes in those balloons threw me. After a Japanese pilot stabbed the sailor who was trying to help him, Cassidy explains that the pilot had been raised to fight, and was given his first knife when he was five, unlike an American five-year-old who would receive roller skates, so they are fighting the war to end the Japanese system, not the Japanese people, who have been brainwashed. 1 / 8. Cast: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, Dane Clark, William Prince, John Ridgely, Tom Tully, and Robert Hutton *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Destination Tokyo has been called "the granddaddy of submarine films like Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), Das Boot (1981), and U-571 (2000)". Destination Tokyo (28 Videos) True Tokyo Part 2. The existence of a submarine in Tokyo Bay relaying information to the Doolittle Raid is mentioned in the film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), based on pilot Ted Lawson's memoir. The operation is a success, and "Cookie" Wainwright begins to prepare the pumpkin pie he had promised to bake for Tommy. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, the bombers had to launch earlier than expected when a Japanese patrol boat discovered the carrier group on April 19, 1942. There were many other possible intelligence sources for information given out at the briefings. Supported by. [15] Requesting submarine duty, he instead served aboard a submarine tender, USS Proteus. The majority of the Raiders were found by Chinese guerrillas and smuggled to safety, but three died during the landings, and eight were captured and brought to Japan, where they were tried as war criminals. Raymond and two members of the crew are landed near Tokyo to take weather readings, and return to the sub the following night. Cast and crew credits for Destination Tokyo, 1944, directed by Delmer Daves, with Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, at Turner Classic Movies Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. But an essential rule of visual drama, which is to put within a frame only so much explicit action as can be realistically accepted in a space of time, is here completely violated. Set during the second World War, depicts the story of a submarine and its crew as they sail to Tokyo, Japan to sink Japanese warships. Part of the fun in watching it is to look for overt propaganda. Members of the cast spent time at the U.S. Navy's Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California, to familiarize themselves with submarine procedures and operations. Thanks to the efforts of the Wahoo Project Group, the wreckage was identified in 2006. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p. 24 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551. Slide 1 of 8 . [3] The film was directed by Delmer Daves in his directorial debut,[4] and the screenplay was written by Daves and Albert Maltz, based on an original story by former submariner Steve Fisher. [12], Screenwriter Steve Fisher received an Academy Award nomination for his original story for Destination Tokyo.[8]. [4], Destination Tokyo premiered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 15, 1943 as a benefit for crippled children, and was released generally in the U.S. on December 31, 1943. When the crew of a World War II-submarine in the 1951 movie Operation Pacific is given the treat of watching a movie, Destination Tokyo is screened. Destination Tokyo - DVD (1943) for $12.10 from OLDIES.com War Explosive ! On the way, two Japanese aircraft attack; both are shot down, but one pilot manages to parachute into the water. Director Delmer Daves’ debut, the story moves quickly and creates a tense atmosphere. In throwback one gets the story of his love affair with Betty, -- Betty whom he'd met in Japan, where he'd been raised, Betty whom he could not forget and had gone to America to find, whom he'd lived with and then sacrificed to his ambition to become a great diplomat, Betty who had made good in Hollywood and forgiven him to the point of marrying him just before Pearl Harbor, once again to be left behind when … If you wanna know where submarine movie clichés come from, look no further. Screenplay: Delmer Daves and Albert Maltz A rousing, action-filled WWII film, with a powerful cast and a good story, DESTINATION TOKYO remains an effective war drama to this day. Humiliated by the attack, the Japanese retaliated against the Chinese, killing 250,000 civilians. The film stars Cary Grant and John Garfield and features Dane Clark, Robert Hutton, and Warner Anderson, along with John Ridgely, Alan Hale Sr. and William Prince. The model of the Copperfin used for filming was based on actual American submarines, except that, to confuse the Japanese, it was given equipment and apparatus that were used on numerous different types of subs. . Destination Tokyo: A Pictorial History of Doolittle's Tokyo Raid, April 18, 1942 [16][N 1], Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. Previous versions of this article have confused the fictional Copperfin and its fictional mission with the Wahoo. Once they are in the bay, Cassidy explains that their mission is to provide information on the weather and the shipping in the bay for the Doolittle Raid. Home front morale booster. I watched Destination Tokyo last night and was absolutely thrilled to hear the actual wartime tribute to those brave submariners being announced at the end of the film. Written by John Vogel Plot Summary | Add Synopsis When Mike goes to pick him up, he is stabbed to death. It's a daring and dangerous underwater adventure with Oscar-winner Cary Grant as the captain of the U.S.S. New recruit Tommy Adams shoots the Japanese 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. While meeting Raymond, the crew shoot down two Japanese planes, but lose a crewman. Continue reading the main story. Gangsters, fighters, athletes, serial killers, celebrities and so much more–these films are the best of the based-on-a-true-story stories. [5] The film stars Cary Grant and John Garfield and features Dane Clark, Robert Hutton, and Warner Anderson, along with John Ridgely, Alan Hale Sr. and William Prince. This page was last edited on 22 June 2020, at 11:06. . Product Description. After a torrent of complaints from frustrated submarine captains, the bureau finally introduced a proper depth control device in the fall of 1942. Called the Doolittle Raid after its commander, Lt. Producer: Jerry Wald O… The Copperfin remains undetected, allowing the men to watch part of the Doolittle Raid through the periscope. The magnetic exploder proved to be too sensitive, detonating fifty feet away from the target. Support History on film while doing your regular shopping to be too sensitive, detonating fifty feet from... 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