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A lively espionage drama that reunited the stars and director of the previous year's The Maltese Falcon, Across the Pacific was originally envisioned as the story of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii. Real-life events of December of 1941, however, precluded such a scenario and the location was changed to the Panama Canal. For reasons known only to Warner Bros., the title was retained despite the fact that none of the action takes place in the Pacific. Humphrey Bogart plays Rick Leland, a disgraced ex-army man, who, after being turned down by the Canadian military, jumps a Japanese steamer bound for the Panama Canal Zone. Also onboard are Alberta Marlow (Mary Astor), a small-town girl claiming to be en route to Los Angeles; Dr. Lorenz (Sydney Greenstreet), a corpulent sociologist with a suspiciously friendly regard for all things Japanese; and Joe Totsuiko (Victor Sen Yung), a happy-go-lucky second generation Japanese-American on his way to visit the old country. But no one is exactly who he or she claims to be and the voyage from Halifax via New York City to Panama becomes a matter of life and death for the passengers in general, and for the future of the United States in particular. Director John Huston was forced to leave the film three weeks into the four-week shooting schedule when summoned to report to the Department of Special Services. According to Huston, he purposefully placed Humphrey Bogart's character in a highly precarious situation and left it up to his replacement, Vincent Sherman, to come up with the solution -- which Sherman did in an especially fiery climax. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Sydney Greenstreet Best Acting 1942 Winner

Cast

Humphrey Bogart
as Richard Lomas Leland
Sydney Greenstreet
as Dr. Lorenz
Mary Astor
as Alberta Marlow
Victor Sen Yung
as Joe Totsuiko
Charles Halton
as A.V. Smith
Keye Luke
as Desk Clerk
Monte Blue
as Dan Morton
Richard Loo
as 1st Officer Miyuma
Roland Got
as Sugi
Frank Wilcox
as Capt. Morrison
Paul Stanton
as Col. Hart
Lester Matthews
as Canadian Major
John Hamilton
as Court-martial President
Tom Stevenson
as Tall Thin Man
Roland Drew
as Capt. Harkness
Kam Tong
as T. Oki
Spencer Chan
as Chief Engineer Mitsudo
Philip Ahn
as Informer Inside Theater
Anthony Caruso
as Cab Driver
Eddie Dew
as Man
Charles Drake
Frank Faylen
as Barker
Ruth Ford
as Secretary
William Hopper
as Orderly
Frank Mayo
as Trial Judge Advocate
Jack Mower
as Major
Beal Wong
as Usher
Garland Smith
Eddie Dew
as Man
Frank Faylen
as Barker
Ruth Ford
as Secretary
Jack Mower
as Major
Beal Wong
as Usher
Frank Mayo
as Trial Judge Advocate
Anthony Caruso
as Cab Driver
Philip Ahn
as Informer Inside Theater
William Hopper
as Orderly

Crew

John Huston
Director
Jack Saper
Producer
Jerry Wald
Producer
Richard Macaulay
Screenwriter
Arthur Edeson
Cinematographer
Adolph Deutsch
Composer (Music Score)
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Magee
Editor
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
Byron Haskin
Special Effects
Willard Van Enger
Special Effects
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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