Across the Pacific (1942)





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Across the Pacific plays like a "rite of passage" between Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart plays an American army officer (named "Rick") dishonorably discharged from the service. Actually his "disgrace" has been carefully arranged by the US government, the better to allow Bogart to investigate prewar espionage activities. While on board a Japanese ship bound for the Panama canal, Bogart makes the acquaintance of Sidney Greenstreet, a Briton with pronounced pro-Japanese sentiments, and Mary Astor, a fashion designer who seems to be harboring a secret (both Greenstreet and Astor were, of course, Bogie's Maltese Falcon costars).Also on board is American-educated Japanese martial arts expert Victor Sen Yung, whose amiable demeanor masks a duplicitious nature. After much chasing about in Panama, Japan and Manila (including a remarkable sequence in a Japanese movie theatre), the principals gather at the Panama plantation of Astor's disippated father (Monte Blue), who is held captive by the Japanese to ensure Astor's cooperation. The spies' master plan is to destroy the Panama Canal (allegedly the script had called for the sabotaging of Pearl Harbor!) The story goes that director John Huston left poor Bogart in an inescapable situation, then left for Washington to work for the government, obliging the actors, the scriptwriters, and new director Vincent Sherman to come up with their own denouement. This story, which improved with the telling over the years, may well have been Huston's easy-out to excuse the ludicrous burst of melodramatics with which the film concludes. Across the Pacific is fun on a nonthink level, though the rapport between Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, so vital to the success of Maltese Falcon, seems strained when the actors are required to spew wisecracks.
NR (not rated)
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Humphrey Bogart
as Richard Leland
Mary Astor
as Alberta Marlow
Sydney Greenstreet
as Dr. Lorenz
Charles Halton
as A.V. Smith
Victor Sen Yung
as Joe Totsuiko
Roland Got
as Sugi
Lee Tung Foo
as Sam Wing On
Frank Wilcox
as Capt. Morrison
Paul Stanton
as Col. Hart
Lester Matthews
as Canadian Major
John Hamilton
as Court-martial President
Tom Stevenson
as Tall Thin Man
Roland Drew
as Capt. Harkness
Monte Blue
as Dan Morton
Chester Gan
as Capt. Higoto
Richard Loo
as 1st Officer Miyuma
Keye Luke
as Steamship Office Clerk
Kam Tong
as T. Oki
Spencer Chan
as Chief Engineer Mitsudo
Anthony Caruso
as Cab Driver
Philip Ahn
as Informer Inside Theater
Rudy Robles
as Filipino Assassin
William Hopper
as Orderly
Frank Mayo
as Trial Judge Advocate
Garland Smith
as Officer
Dick French
as Officer
Charles Drake
as Officer
Will Morgan
as Officer
Jack Mower
as Major
Frank Faylen
as Barker
Ruth Ford
as Secretary
Eddie Lee
as Chinese Clerk
Dick Botiller
as Waiter
Paul Fung
as Japanese Radio Operator
Gordon DeMain
as Dock Official
Gordon De Main
as Dock Official
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Critic Reviews for Across the Pacific

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

John Huston directeds this enjoyable WWII feature, which reunites the Maltese Falcon stars, Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet.

Full Review… | November 20, 2010

Fine John Huston wartime flick, bolstered by Bogart.

November 1, 2008

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for Across the Pacific


Though a failure for Huston and Bogart compared to it's predecessor (The Maltese Falcon), this political thriller still entertains. Features great performances from Bogart and Greenstreet.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


A product of it's time, Across the Pacific was made more for the war effort than for it's cinematic merits. If the cast seems vaguely familiar it's because many of them, including director John Huston, worked together on The Maltese Falcon just the year before. This one is minor league compared to it's predecessor, but it's still replete with Mary Astor's charm and Humphrey Bogart's machismo and that alone makes it worth watching.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

bogey and greenstreet work well together once again in this excellent tale of intrigue. the twists are great and the story is told well in what is an underrated classic helmed by the great john huston.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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