Across the Pacific Reviews
Rick Leland was put in a bad situation by his country that caused him to be deported. He meets a beautiful girl on a train ride to Japan and they quickly become acquainted. It is now quite apparent if Rick was indeed deported or if he is a secret spy. The beautiful girl may be a spy also; either way, their business associates in Japan become suspicious of their intentions fairly quickly.
"How do girls usually act when they're kissed?"
"They don't turn green."
John Huston, director of The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Man Who Would be King, Moulin Rouge, Key Largo, and The Asphalt Jungle, delivers Across the Pacific. The storyline for this picture is interesting but not as intense as some of Hitchcock's work in the same genre. The script and acting is wonderful and the cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Green Street, and Frank Wilcox.
"You make me sick and if you stay here one minute longer I'll prove it to you."
I grabbed this movie off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) when I discovered Bogart and Huston made this together. I am a huge fan of Key Largo and was hoping this would be on par with that picture; unfortunately, this fell a little short. This is an entertaining classic film with solid characters and great lines but wasn't as good as it could have been.
"I pity the woman you marry."
One of the best early Warner Brother's war movies. Directed by John Huston and features Bogart, as Rick Leland, a dishonorably discharged U.S. Army officer trying to offer his services to anyone who'll take him. This is all taking place before the attack on Pearl Harbor, so the audience knows something that only Rick suspects.
Rick's easy pickings for Dr. Lorenz (Sidney Greenstreet) who he meets on a Japanese ship heading back from Canada to New York and will eventually head to Japan via the Panama Canal. Rick can be a big help to Dr. Lorenz's friends.
I also loved Mary Astor's portrayal of Alberta Marlow from Red Deer, Canada, who might or might not be a Japanese spy. I've only seen her in movies where she's played ultra melodramatic roles (Red Dust and The Maltese Falcon) and in this one she's acts much more natural. She even does a little light comedy and shows off some legs.
This movie also stars most of the more popular Asian-American actors of the time, from Richard Loo, Philip Ahn, Keye Luke, Ruby Robles, and Chester Gan. Nobody was acting in "yellow face" in this movie which I loved. One thing that I felt uncomfortable with was Victor Sen Yung's portrayal of Joe Totsuiko, who talked in very Americanized scat, but was in fact, working for the Japanese. I got to thinking about all of those Nisei who got thrown into concentration camps because people saw this movie.
This is a great movie and well worth a look.