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Destination Tokyo

During World War II, Captain Cassidy and his crew of submariners are ordered into Tokyo Bay on a secret mission. They are to gather information in advance of the planned bombing of Tokyo. Along the way, the crew learn about each other as they face the enemy and some of them lose their lives.

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Released: Dec 31st, 1943
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

Destination Tokyo Main Cast

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Cary Grant
Cary Grant
plays Capt. Cassidy
John Garfield
John Garfield
plays Wolf
Alan Hale
Alan Hale
plays 'Cookie' Wainwright
John Ridgely
John Ridgely
plays Reserve Officer Raymond
Dane Clark
Dane Clark
plays Tin Can
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • The appendectomy operation conducted by the character Pills (William Prince) was inspired by an actual appendix operation performed aboard the submarine "Seadragon" in 1942. The real-life appendectomy was performed by 22-year-old pharmacist's mate Wheeler B. Lipes with the help of an assistant. The two were able to extract the appendix of Seaman Darrell Dean Rector under very trying conditions with limited resources and skills. They used kitchen utensils and equipment including a strainer and bent spoons as retractors; alcohol taken from torpedoes, and sterilized pajamas as surgical gowns. The sub's crew had believed that Lipes was the most qualified person to perform such a life-or-death operation, as he had apparently observed appendectomies before. Lipes was persuaded to do the operation by his fellow crewmen. The operation took place 120 feet below the surface of the South China Sea. Afterwards, Lipes' actions were criticized by US Navy doctors and the US Surgeon General even considered court-martialling him. Over 60 years later, in April 2005, Lipes finally received the US Navy Commendation Medal, two months before his death. According to the 19 April 2005 Los Angeles Times obituary of Lipes, this operation was the first ever performed in a submerged submarine.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The B-25 takeoff sequence taking place on the Hornet goes back and forth between studio shots and actual footage. The problem with the studio shots is the fact that the planes pictured were Lockheed Hudsons, not B-25 Mitchells. The Hudsons used were originally built by Lockheed for export to Britain and bear no resemblance whatsoever to a Mitchell. The Hudson was a taildragger and the Mitchell used a tricycle landing gear. Warner's was very close to the Lockheed plant in Burbank and leftover Hudsons popped up in all sorts of Warner's films throughout the war.
  • The role of Capt. Cassidy, played by Cary Grant, was originally offered to Gary Cooper, who turned it down.
  • Apparently, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt mandated that this movie make no explicit reference neither to military electronics nor to radar.
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