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Blood on the Sun

Blood on the Sun

Frank Lloyd (1945)

93min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The Cagney brothers chose a formidable subject for their second independent production, with Bill producing and James starring as an aggressive (what else?) editor of an American newspaper in Tokyo, who daringly publishes the Japanese Master Plan for world domination. As you can imagine, this doesn't go down too well with Colonel Tojo, nor did the film with the public when it was released. As scripted by blacklisted left-wing Hollywood Ten veteran Lester Cole, this movie packs a powerhouse message, but the propaganda content overwhelms the drama and, despite the valiant efforts of Cagney, Sylvia Sidney and Robert Armstrong (King Kong) as Tojo himself, the melodrama doesn't really catch fire.

Summary

Thriller directed by Frank Lloyd and starring James Cagney and Sylvia Sidney. A dedicated American reporter in 1930s Japan, is determined to expose that government's plan for world domination.

Cast & Crew

Nick Condon James Cagney
Iris Hilliard Sylvia Sidney
Ollie Miller Wallace Ford
Edith Miller Rosemary DeCamp
Colonel Tojo Robert Armstrong
Premier Tanaka John Emery
Hijikata Leonard Strong
Prince Tatsugi Frank Puglia
Captain Oshima John Halloran
Director Frank Lloyd
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

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