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Prisoner of Japan (1942)

Passed | | Drama, War | 22 July 1942 (USA)
On a small tropical island in the South Pacific, David Bowman (Alan Baxter), a young American planter, finds himself pitted against a ruthless Japanese agent, Matsuru (Ernst Deutsch). He ... See full summary »

Directors:

Arthur Ripley, Edgar G. Ulmer (uncredited)

Writers:

Edgar G. Ulmer (based on a story by), Robert Chapin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alan Baxter ... David Bowman
Gertrude Michael ... Toni Chase
Ernst Deutsch Ernst Deutsch ... Matsuru (as Ernest Dorian)
Corinna Mura ... Loti
Tom Seidel ... Ens. Bailey
Billy Moya Billy Moya ... Maui
Ray Bennett ... Lt. Morgan
Dave O'Brien ... U.S. Marine
Ann Staunton Ann Staunton ... Edie
Beal Wong Beal Wong ... Japanese Radio Operator
Gil Frye Gil Frye ... U.S. Radio Operator
Kent Thurber Kent Thurber ... Cmdr. McDonald
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On a small tropical island in the South Pacific, David Bowman (Alan Baxter), a young American planter, finds himself pitted against a ruthless Japanese agent, Matsuru (Ernst Deutsch). He learns through Toni Chase (Gertrude Michael)an American girl who runs a dance-resort on the island that Matsuru has established a powerful-and-hidden short-wave radio station near his home, and American ships have been attacked in that part of the Pacific with deadly effect. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TOKYO TREACHERY FOILED...AND A SPY PAYS THE PRICE! (original poster - all CAPS) See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas inconquistables See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$350,000
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Production Co:

Atlantis Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bald Propaganda Movie
4 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Alan Baxter is an astronomer on a small island in the South Pacific. He's working for the Navy, trying to track down a directional radio beacon the Japanese are using. Beautiful women like Gertrude Michael are on the island for reasons that are never made clear. So are Japanese forces in the person of Ernst Deutsch, who are holding him prisoner and making him work for them.

All this is vaguely defined except for the utter evil of Deutsch standing in for all Japanese everywhere -- the actor was originally from Czechoslovakia, which I suppose is practically the same thing. We can tell he's evil, because he's annoying, making up a sizable percentage of the annoyance of this movie.

It being 1942 when this was released, it's to be expected that the propaganda component of this movie would be sizable. Unfortunately its simplicity of characterization takes some competent actors and merely makes them look foolish.


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