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Prison Ship (1945)

At the end of WW2, a Japanese freighter sails with Allied prisoners as cargo but, sensing doom, the prisoners plan to overpower their guards and capture the prison-ship.

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Arthur Dreifuss

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Josef Mischel (screenplay), Ben Markson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Nina Foch ... Anne Graham
Robert Lowery ... Tom Jeffries
Richard Loo ... Capt. Osikawa
Ludwig Donath ... Professor
Mark Roberts ... Maj. Trevor (as Robert Scott)
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Jim Priestley
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Jan Van Steen
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Panic arises among the Allied prisoners on a Japanese ship when they learn that the ship is decoy for American submarines and is not blacked out at night. The prisoners unite and attack the Japanese sailors and officers just an American submarine surfaces and, not knowing the prisoners are aboard, prepares to torpedo the ship Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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EXPOSED - THE BRUTAL STORY OF JAP PRISON CRUELTY! (original poster-all caps)

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

15 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barco prisión See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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World War 2: The Dirty Tricks Department
1 August 2009 | by AsgardianSee all my reviews

For a very short movie, "Prison Ship", is surprisingly entertaining and tragically oh so believable.

The premise of the movie is based on fact. Japanese ships transporting prisoners-of-war during World War 2 did indeed offer themselves up as decoy targets, hoping to draw the US submarines away from their desired cargo ships and warships.

From that point the movie becomes a feel good exercise for an American audience, that by 1945 had cultivated a deep loathing for their enemy, and wished to see their own servicemen triumph against any and all impossible odds.

By 1945 Richard Loo was able to play his role blindfolded. Between late 1941 through to 1945 he was in 34 movies, invariably as the bad guy. In this movie Loo was the standout, the rest of the cast were merely competent.

If you have a spare hour, have a look, it's worthwhile for a fan of the genre.


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