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In his first film in two years, James Cagney stars as Nick Condon, the American editor of a pre-WW2 Tokyo newspaper. When two of his best friends are horribly murdered, Condon suspects that the "peaceful" Japanese military government is up to no good. He dedicates himself to getting his hands on the "Tanka Plan," a Japanese blueprint for conquering the world, and bringing this document to the attention of the Free World. As a result, he is targeted for persecution by the corrupt Tokyo police and betrayed by a traitorous fellow journalist. On a pleasanter note, Condon makes the acquaintance of half-Chinese Iris Hilliard (Sylvia Sidney), who agrees to help him foil the Japanese High Command. As was customary in wartime films, virtually all the Japanese characters in Sylvia Sidney are played by Chinese, Korean, and Caucasian actors; for example, Robert Armstrong is cast as Colonel Tojo, while Premiere Tenaka is enacted by John Emery. Having lapsed into the public domain, Sylvia Sidney is available from several distributors and also exists in a computer-colorized version. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 26, 1945


James Cagney
as Nick Condon
Sylvia Sidney
as Iris Hilliard
Porter Hall
as Arthur Beckett
Wallace Ford
as Ollie Miller
Robert Armstrong
as Col. Tojo
John Emery
as Premier Tanaka
Rosemary de Camp
as Edith Miller
Leonard Strong
as Hijikata
Frank Puglia
as Prince Tatsugi
John Halloran
as Capt. Oshima
Philip Ahn
as Yamamoto
Rhys Williams
as Joseph Cassell
James Bell
as Charley Sprague
Grace Lem
as Amah
George Paris
as Hotel manager
Hugh Beaumont
as Johnny Clarke
Marvin Miller
as Yamada
Gregory Gaye
as American Newspaperman in Tokyo
Arthur Loft
as American Newspaperman in Tokyo
Emmett Vogan
as American Newspaperman in Tokyo
Marvin Miller
as Yamada
Arthur Loft
as American Newspaperman in Tokyo
Gregory Gaye
as American Newspaperman in Tokyo


Frank Lloyd
William Cagney
Lester Cole
Nathaniel Curtis
Theodor Sparkuhl
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Woulfe
Costume Designer
Robert Martien
Costume Designer
Richard DeWeese
Sound/Sound Designer
Ern Westmore