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Blood on the Sun

  • Drama
  • 1945
  • Frank Lloyd
  • 93 mins
  • PG

Summary

The American editor of a newspaper in 1930s Tokyo uncovers evidence of a plan by the military government to invade China, and decides that the rest of the world should know the truth. However, publishing his findings earns him the wrath of the authorities and he is persecuted by corrupt police. Melodrama, with James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Wallace Ford and Robert Armstrong.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Nick CondonJames Cagney
Iris HilliardSylvia Sidney
Ollie MillerWallace Ford
Edith MillerRosemary DeCamp
Colonel TojoRobert Armstrong
Premier TanakaJohn Emery
HijikataLeonard Strong
Prince TatsugiFrank Puglia
Captain OshimaJohn Halloran

Crew

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DirectorFrank Lloyd

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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