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 ...
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Edgar G. Ulmer
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
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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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