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“Across the Pacific” (Movie Review-9/5/42)
Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 9/5/42 | Bosley Crowther

Posted on 09/05/2012 4:16:23 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson

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TOPICS: History; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: moviereview; realtime
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1 posted on 09/05/2012 4:16:28 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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“Across the Pacific” opening credits

“Across the Pacific” more clips

“Across the Pacific” movie posters

2 posted on 09/05/2012 4:18:40 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
As Crowther notes, this movie reunites some of the “Maltese Falcon” people. John Huston, Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet, Mary Astor.

“Across the Pacific” original trailer

3 posted on 09/05/2012 4:21:00 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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Frankly, when I saw this film late at night 20 years ago, I realized that it was racist justification for the unconstitutional internment of thousands of American citizens during WWII.

Not quite as bad as Beat the Devil, but only because I could understand the dialogue.

Bogie should have turned this one down.


4 posted on 09/05/2012 5:25:56 AM PDT by GEC (We're not drilling in ANWR because....)
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I remember seeing this movie a long time ago. There is a minor character who seems to be a very patriotic Japanese-American, but turns out to be loyal to the Emperor. Looking at the credits it appears the actor was probably Chinese-American.

It's easy to condemn people for how they acted in 1942 without knowing if we would have avoided being carried away with the hysteria of the time about the danger posed by Japanese living in the US.

In WWI the Australian and New Zealand governments interned many immigrants (including naturalized citizens) who were born in the Austro-Hungarian empire, even those who detested the Austro-Hungarian control of their homeland and wanted to fight for the Allied cause. Was that racist? They were white (just of the wrong ethnic background). Similar to what the US government did to the Japanese (without the excuse of a sneak attack by the Austrians on any British base).

5 posted on 09/05/2012 9:21:06 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Thanks for the response VR.

I understand the desire not to look back and judge by different standards, but I also hope that we learn from our mistakes.

Ronald Reagan recognized that it was wrong for Roosevelt to intern the Japanese-Americans.

The loss of freedom was bad enough, but Reagan also felt compelled to pay reparations for loss of property.

We can learn from our mistakes without giving a pass to people who made bad decisions.

Thanks,

George


6 posted on 09/05/2012 7:02:34 PM PDT by GEC (We're not drilling in ANWR because....)
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