Go for Broke!

Go for Broke!

Robert Pirosh (1951)

A Certificate


Our Score
The title was the war cry of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit made up of Japanese-Americans who fought alongside their fellow Americans against the Nazis. Van Johnson plays the lieutenant in charge of them, who overcomes his initial wariness when he sees how they fight in Italy. For years Hollywood had been casting Japanese as the cruellest of enemies. The cynical motivation behind this MGM effort was that, in the postwar era, Japan was becoming a major market for Hollywood movies, so a story like this was good publicity. But it's not an especially good drama. The real President Harry Truman appears at the end, dishing out medals.


A unit of Japanese American soldiers struggles against prejudice from their allies as they fight in the Second World War. Drama, starring Van Johnson and Lane Nakano.

Cast & Crew

Lt Michael Grayson Van Johnson
Sam Lane Nakano
Chick George Miki
Frank Akira Fukunaga
Kaz Ken K Okamoto
O'Hara Henry Oyasato
Masami Harry Hamada
Tommy Henry Nakamura
Col Charles W Pence Warner Anderson
Harry Truman Harry Truman
Director Robert Pirosh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer